Re: can houseplants survive a cross-country move??

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Posted by Newt on March 12, 2003 at 18:15:31:

In Reply to: Re: can houseplants survive a cross-country move?? posted by heather on March 12, 2003 at 16:54:12:

: : : Hello: I hope someone can help! I will be making a cross-country move & can't send my plants with my furniture - the journey will take 2 weeks & will surely kill them. I'm most concerned about my VERY large rubber tree plant...

: : : How can I send them without killing or traumatizing? I just can't leave them behind!

: : : Sincerely, Heather

: : Hi Heather,

: : Hmmm, guess I have some questions.
: : Are you moving east to west or west to east? It would be better if you could say from what state to what state.

: : When are you leaving?

: : For example, if you are leaving now from New England and are moving to Oregon, this could be a problem. On the other hand, if you are moving from North Carolina to Northern California then it could be easier. Also, the trip could be more traumatic for your plants if you leave in July and have to travel across the desert.

: : Also, what are you transporting them in? Will they be in a car or suv or in a trailer that is being pulled?

: : If you can answer these but feel uncomfortable answering on the forum, feel free to send me a personal e-mail. I've shipped plants and moved them as well.

: : Newt

: hi newt! thanks so much for your response. to answer your question, i'm moving from new york to los angeles. i'm shipping my furniture, etc. via trucking company, which should take up to 2 weeks (so sending my plants isn't an option). this move will take place within the next 3 weeks. however, i can ship the plants a bit later, if necessary.

: i guess i was hoping there might be a botanical garden or nursery that had a shipping service for this type of situation.

: do you have any suggestions??

: thanks! heather

Hi Heather,

I have mailed plants to Canada and across country. I don't know what the size of your rubber tree is, so that could be of concern as the post office has size limits. You might want to go to and and check with the size dimensions for boxes. You may be faced with finding a box for the rubber tree at a place such as Mail Boxes, Etc. Here's what I do.

A couple of days before mailing, water all plants. The day of mailing, unpot the plants one at a time. Remove all soil and let roots soak in water for an hour or so to hydrate them. Now wrap the roots in moist paper towels. Wrap the towel wrapped roots in either a plastic clear wrap like Saran Wrap or aluminum foil. If using aluminum foil, I usually also add a zip lock bag over that and zip to the stem(s). Wrap the entire plant in newspaper like a florist would wrap fresh flowers. Now place in a box and cushion with either 'peanuts' or crumpled up newspaper. Make sure the box is stuffed enough so that the plants don't move around when the boxes are thrown about. You can put several plants in one box as weight and box size allow.

When mailing, I go to the post office towards closing time so that lots of other boxes aren't piled on top. I also ship priority mail so the plants will arrive within 3 days. Always ship on a Monday or Tuesday so the plants don't sit in a warehouse on a Sunday.

Best of luck in your new home!

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