Plants are part of what makes your house feel like a home. If you have spent months or years taking care of your plants, it can be hard to leave them behind or giving them away when you move. Thankfully, Phil’s Transfer & Storage can help you move your plants carefully without damaging them in transit.


the methods we use for moving your plants largely depend on what kind of plants you own. For most potted plants, the process is fairly simple. But for outdoor plants or larger indoor plants, the process is more complex. Regardless, we can find the best way to move your plants and preserve them until you reach your destination.


Below, are some tips for moving your household flowers and other greenery.

House Plants

Small plants are the easiest to move since you can keep them in their pots and simply place them in an open box for transport. It is a good idea to fill the gaps in the box with paper to prevent the plants from moving around in transit.


Larger houseplants may need to be trimmed or pruned first before you move them. If it is cold outside, wrap your plants in newspaper to protect them and keep them warm. Many plants are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, so you want to keep them in a stable environment as much as possible.


If you are moving a long distance with plants in your personal vehicle, you will need to take care of them along the way. Do not leave them in the car. If it gets too hot or too cold, the plants could wither or die.

Outdoor Plants

Outdoor plants can be more challenging to move. So, you should consider these challenges and prepare for them before you start packing. It may be easier to leave certain plants behind if the process is going to be too complex.


Before you move larger plants, you may want to trim them back. This makes it easier to move them and can help your plants regrow when you plant them again in your new home. Outdoor plants should also be watered before you drive away. This ensures that the roots and soil stay moist during the move. Next, you’ll want to dig up your plants. Make sure that you leave adequate dirt around the roots while preserving as much root as possible.

Containing Your Plants

For smaller plants, the roots and dirt can be placed in paper bags; this is better than plastic because it allows the plants to breathe. For larger plants, such as trees and shrubs, the root ball should be wrapped in burlap to hold everything together. Outdoor plants can stay wrapped in containers for a few weeks as long as you water them and keep exposed them to ideal temperatures.


However, do not pull plants out of the ground sooner than is necessary. This increases their chances of not surviving the move. You should minimize the amount of time that a plant spends out of the ground.

Replanting Your Plants

Once you are in your new home, it is important to get your plants back in the same condition they were in at your previous home. Unpack your plants as soon as possible. Remove plants through the bottom of the box to prevent breakage. Place plants back in pots that are the same size as the ones before you moved. Refrain from moving plants around until they become acclimated. If your plant suffers from transplant shock after your move, give it a few days to recover.


Make sure to give your plants plenty of shade during your move, as plants can be sensitive to temperature changes. Once you get to your new home, you will want to replant everything as soon as possible. Keep in mind that they may take some time to adjust to the new soil after you plant them again. It may take them a few days to return to their natural look. With time and care, however, your plants will flourish in their new surroundings.

Know the Plant Laws of Each State or Country

If you’re moving to a new state or country, check with the laws of each to make sure that you can take your plants with you. Some states and countries will not allow certain species of plants to cross the border.


Moving across states may require some preparation. The US Department of Agriculture requires inspections of plant materials crossing some state lines because of pest controls and local bans on growing particular plants. For instance, California has a reputation for enforcing strict laws for what plants you can transport or grow in the state.


Growing Conditions in Your New Home

Whether plants are allowed into a state isn’t the only concern when it comes to moving with them. Some vegetation thrives in every environment. However, some plants will not grow in certain environments due to the various conditions. While plants kept indoors can thrive, they can still be affected by dry or moist weather conditions.


Consider the climate, available light, and the frequency of rainfall at your new home, research information about your plants and whether they will grow in your home. If it’s either not allowed or not favorable to take your plant with you, you may consider leaving it with family, a friend or a neighbor, or donate it to a local hospital or nursing home.

Moving Service in Los Angeles, California

When you get ready to relocate your business, then contact Phil’s Transfer & Storage. We offer a wide range of moving services including packing/unpacking, relocation planning, and equipment & truck rental. We are committed to making your move a pleasant experience.


 To find out more about our services and schedule a move date, call us at 323-666-8550, or you can message us at We offer residential and commercial moving service in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.