Methods to Move Your Houseplants and Fish Tanks

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers do everything they can to help you to move specialty items to El Paso, from art work to delicate electronics. No matter the measurements, weight, or awkwardness to transport, your movers can most likely handle the work. Nevertheless, there are some things that movers will not be legally able to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dark, not temperature-controlled, and also the inside of the truck could go unmonitored for several days to greater than a week over the moving process. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like alive items like your houseplants and fish tanks.

But, simply because items can't go in the moving van doesn't mean we cannot assist you to look after them. Specialty item moving can be a tricky job and we're here to be of assistance all the way. Even with stuff that will need to be moved to El Paso within your vehicle.

How to Move Houseplants

Check the Regulations

Should you be moving to El Paso across state lines, be sure all your plant species are permitted in. Some states have got rigorous laws about transporting in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Large, hefty, and ceramic pots are not handy for moving. They may be more challenging to lift and much more apt to break by accident during the move. Repot your houseplants in light in weight plastic pots if possible to make them easier to move quickly 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 drying and from spilling in your car.

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need safeguards plus a acceptable growing environment throughout the move. Consider tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for bigger plants. Be sure to pack the pot securely in the bottom to prevent sliding while leaving plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You could possibly give consideration to trimming your plants down for the move to El Paso so they are easier to transport.

Going with Your Plants

If you have not many plants, securing them into your backseat is an ideal choice. Alternatively, consider a small trailer for a large bunch of plants. Be sure to keep the inside of the car a comfortable neutral temperature and you should not water them except if they end up very dry. Watch out for excessive temperatures. In the event you stop along the route, bring the plants inside and open them up to get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants may seem like a whole lot of work but you still want them at your new residence, take into consideration taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your current potted collection to buddies or even selling them to get a little extra moving money.

Ways to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Water

As you may have learned, water inside of a fish tank is carefully balanced for healthy fish which means your fish are best transported within their water. To make certain this water is correctly balanced and as clean as it can be, replace about 20% of the tank water each day for 5 days ahead of the trip and stop feeding your fish for a day before the trip. This may reduce waste within the water making your fish healthier during the move. Fish can survive for roughly a week without having food if well-fed before the move to El Paso.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you happen to just have only a few fish in a tiny aquarium, it is possible to pack them in one or 2 durable plastic bags. Make sure the bags are filled up with water from the aquarium. This is the way fish get home from the pet store and it also should really be safe for the little swimming pets en route to a new residence.

For A Lot Of Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

For those who have a great bunch of fish in a big fish tank, pick up several 5-gallon containers together with lids that secure firmly. Fill the containers with tank water and space your fish between them, making certain never to crowd the fish very much in any one container.

Moving Your Fish

Fish in bags are usually loaded in Styrofoam in containers. Fish in storage containers should be secured within your backseat where they will vibrate the least. Be mindful with regards to transport temperature, particularly if traveling in the summer months or winter months. Take your fish inside together with you if you stop at hotels along the route.

Think about Working with a Pet Store

Some pet shops will assist you to transport and even board your fish. This can be the optimal solution if it could take you some hours to get the aquarium set back up again inside your new house.

Aquarium with You or the Movers

Lastly, choose what you want to do with the aquarium. Totally emptied and adequately cleaned out, your movers can manage it as a specialty item going into the moving truck itself to El Paso. But, in case you could possibly get to the new residence prior to the moving company, you may want to load up the aquarium within your trunk instead.

Ready to get started organizing your move to El Paso, including your plants and fish? Click here to discover how we can assist!