Ways to Move Your Houseplants and Aquariums

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers will do everything they're able to to help you to move specialty items to Denver, from fine art to fragile electronics. No matter the measurements, weight, or difficulty to carry, your movers can most likely handle the work. But, there are certain things that movers will not be legally allowed to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dim, not temperature-controlled, and the inside of the truck could go unmonitored for many days to in excess of a week during the moving process. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like living things such as houseplants and aquariums.

However, just because stuff can't go in the moving van does not mean we cannot help you take care of them. Specialty item moving is often a tricky project and we're here to be of assistance every step of the way. Even with items that will need to be moved to Denver within your own vehicle.

Methods to Move Houseplants

Verify the Regulations

If you are moving to Denver across state lines, be sure all of your plant species are permitted in. Some areas have got strict laws about bringing in new plant types.

Re-Pot in lightweight Plastic Pots

Large, hefty, and ceramic pots will not be practical for moving. They are harder to lift and more apt to break mistakenly in the middle of the move. Repot your houseplants in light-weight plastic pots if possible to ensure they are safer to move swiftly and adequately.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

To help keep the soil from dumping out, pack the very top of your pot with damp paper. This tends to stop the soil from becoming dry and from spilling in your vehicle.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need safeguards plus a acceptable growing environment throughout the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for larger plants. Make sure to pack the pot tightly in the bottom to prevent slippage while giving room enough for the leaves and stems. You might consider cutting your plants down for the move to Denver to make sure they are simpler to transport.

Going with Your Plants

When you've got just a few plants, securing them in your backseat is the ideal solution. Alternatively, consider a small trailer for your large collection of plants. Make sure to keep your interior of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and you should not water them unless they become very dry. Be cautious about extraordinary temperatures. In the event you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to have some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants appears like a whole lot of work but you still desire them at your new home, consider taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your existing potted collection to friends or perhaps selling them for a little extra moving money.

Ways to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Own Water

As you may know already, water inside of a fish tank is carefully balanced for healthy fish so your fish are best transported in their own water. To ensure this water is properly balanced but also as clean as possible, replace about 20% from the tank water each day for five days before the trip and quit feeding your fish for one day before the trip. This may reduce waste within the water and make your fish more healthy on the move. Fish can survive for roughly a week with no food if well-fed prior to the move to Denver.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you should just have a small number of fish in a tiny fish tank, it is possible to pack them in a single or two sturdy plastic bags. Make sure the bags are filled up with water from the aquarium. This is how fish get home from the pet shop and it should be safe for your little swimming pets en route to a new residence.

For Numerous Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

If you have a vast collection of fish in a sizeable aquarium, pick up a number of 5-gallon containers with lids that secure solidly. Fill the containers with aquarium water and space out your fish between them, being sure never to crowd the fish very much in any one carrier.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags could be loaded inside Styrofoam in boxes. Fish inside containers have to be secured in your backseat where they will shake minimally. Be mindful concerning transport temperature, especially if driving in the summer months or winter months. Take your fish inside with you if you should stop at lodging en route.

Take into consideration Using a Pet Store

Some pet stores will actually help you to transport and in some cases board your fish. This is basically the optimal answer when it will take you some time to get their aquarium set back up again in your new house.

Aquarium along with you or the Movers

Last but not least, decide what you want to do with the fish tank. Totally emptied and adequately cleaned up, your movers may deal with it as a specialty item going into the truck itself to Denver. Having said that, if you could possibly get to your new residence prior to the moving company, you ought to load up the aquarium tank in your trunk instead.

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