How to Take Plants With You When You Move to a New House

It can be hard saying goodbye to your home when you move. It can be like farewelling an old friend. There's not only the inside of the home, but also your garden. In a way, it would be nice if you could bring a part of your garden with you. In some instances, this might be possible to a certain extent. While you can't uproot a favourite tree or anything of that nature, it's not as though your home's new owners will expect that all of the potted plants and shrubs will stay behind when you leave. You can certainly take these with you, in effect bringing part of your garden with you to your new home. But plants are living things, and so moving them safely requires a bit of planning.

Prune the Plants

If you regularly prune the plants in question, it can be wise to do this in the days before they're to be moved. This can reduce the overall bulk of their foliage, in fact making it easier for them to be moved.


Water the plants before they need to be moved. Allow enough time for the water to be absorbed by the soil, as you don't want to have to move them when the soil is sopping wet.

Bundling the Leaves

Is it possible to bundle any excess branches or foliage using garden twine? Do so loosely so that you don't damage the plant, but when bundled there is less chance of something breaking off from the plant during moving.

Larger Plants

If the plants will be in the back of the removal services truck for an extended period of time, it can be wise to remove larger plants from their pots and to be placed in a sturdy cloth sack. The sack can then be loosely bound to the trunk of the plant with garden twine. Without the weight of the pot, these plants are then easier to move. The sack will also prevent soil spillage.

Smaller Plants

Smaller potted plants should have their pots surrounded with bubble wrap and then be placed in a cardboard box. The box can be closed (if it's large enough to contain the plant's foliage) but ensure that it's very clearly marked so that nothing is packed on top of it.


When unpacking at your new home, the plants need to be a priority. They need to be removed from their packing materials as soon as possible and repotted. They will probably also need an additional watering at this point.

There is some effort involved in taking your plants when you move, but it's well worth it to take a piece of your garden with you.