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How to Transport Plants from One Location to Another

By Edited Nov 16, 2015 1 2

When transporting your plant you need to remember that they are a living thing. They can be very fragile and vulnerable to extreme temperature changes. You should wait for mild temperatures when having them shipped to your location. They are also delicate in nature, and their stems and leaves need to be protected against turbulent movement during transport from one point to another.

When traveling by air you will need to check with your airline for policies and regulations regarding shipping. this type of item. Airlines will accept houseplant as air freight, and applicable charges do apply. They need to be properly label and phyto-sanitary certificates need to be provided. Make sure that these plants are delivered to the terminal on time, and that they are promptly pick up on arrival to your destination. Also be aware that each state has laws governing what type of plants are allowed due to bug infestation or disease that could possible damage viable money making crops. You should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make should that you are complying with state and federal regulation when traveling with plant across state lines.

When traveling by moving company, this can be accomplished as long as the distance is not more than 150 miles, and that the freight can be delivered within 24 hours. Van lines have a policy that bear no responsibility in the outcome of your plants if transported this way. They will not participate in watering or caring for your plants, and they have the right to refuse to move any item for whatever reason.

If you are transporting by vehicle, you have much more control over their environment. As always remember to avoid extreme temperatures no matter what mode of transportation that you choose. If you are transporting perennials it is always best to do it in the dormant season. They travel best in late fall or early spring. If you are transporting plant that have bare roots, then keep the root ball moist. If you are traveling in the summer, you should place plants in the trunk where they will stay cool. If you are traveling in the winter, then place them in the car with you if at all possible.

You can haul a tree on top of your vehicle with the proper planning. You will want to place the root ball towards the front of the car with the top growth nearer to the trunk to avoid as much wind damage as possible. If your tree extends beyond the length of the car, then attach a red flag on the end of it to warn other motorist. You will need to wrap the tree up in a spiral manor to keep branches close to the trunk. If I were you, I would put something over it like a sheet to keep the wind off. I have had a few trees ruined this way, so cover them if you can. Drive slowly.

If you gather cuttings on the side of the road make sure that they do not dry out. You can bring along some potatoes to keep this from happening. You can use skewers to puncture holes in a potato that has been cut in half. When you pick up the plants, carefully shove the plants down into these holes to retain moisture. Walla you are on your way.



Jun 7, 2011 4:39am
Good info here thanks. And a good tip re putting cuttings into a potato.
Jun 7, 2011 12:06pm
I didn't know about the potato tip. Good share and great article. Thank you!
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