Moving your household plants could be more difficult than you might expect. Plants are categorized as “perishable” items under federal guidelines. Because they are perishable, federal law does not allow them to be transported by regulated moving vans for distances greater than 150 miles, or on trips greater than 24 hours in duration.
Is Your Move Under 150 Miles?
If so, it may be possible to transport your houseplants by moving van with the rest of your belongings. Such accommodations are at the discretion of your Mayflower moving agent. If your move involves crossing state lines, you must also contact the Department of Natural Resources in your destination state to obtain details about plant regulation. Consult your Mayflower agent to confirm and make the necessary arrangements for these shorter moves.
Is Your Move Over 150 Miles?
If you are moving to a destination greater than 150 miles away, you will not be able to move your plants by moving van, in compliance with federal guidelines. However, you may still be able to transport them in your personal vehicle. Your car has the added benefit of being the safest way to move your plants, due to its temperature-controlled environment. Talk to your Mayflower moving agent if you have questions about the details of your move.
Crossing State Lines?
If you are moving to a new state, you will need to check with their Department of Natural Resources to review any plant regulations that may apply. Some states regulate incoming plants and soil, in order to prevent the spread of agricultural and environmental threats posed by disease and insects.
Plant Moving Tips
If you are taking plants in your car across state lines, repot them in commercial soil several weeks before you move in order to avoid quarantine.
If transporting your plants in your vehicle is not a workable solution, bring cuttings to replant at your destination. Wrap the cuttings in wet moss and pack them in news wrap. Place them in plastic grocery bags and then in a small box filled with crumpled news wrap.
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