How to Move Your Houseplants and Aquariums

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman 

Moving Plants Professional movers are going to do everything they are able to that will help you move specialty items to San Antonio, from paintings to sensitive electronics. No matter what the size, weight, or awkwardness to transport, your movers can most likely handle the project. Nevertheless, there are certain things that movers are not legally allowed to move, and for good purpose. Moving trucks are dark, not temperature-controlled, and the inside of the truck may go unmonitored for several days to in excess of a week all through the moving process. This is why movers cannot handle anything living for you, including furniture-like things that are alive such as houseplants and aquariums.

Having said that, because things can't be put into the truck doesn't mean we can't assist you to look after them. Specialty item moving is a tricky task and we're here to be of assistance every step of the way. Even with items that will need to be moved to San Antonio in your own vehicle.

Ways to Move Houseplants

Verify the Regulations

If you are moving to San Antonio across state lines, be sure your entire plant species are permitted in. Some states possess rigid laws about bringing in new plant types.

Re-Pot in Light Plastic Pots

Big, hefty, and ceramic pots aren't handy for moving. They are more challenging to lift and much more apt to break mistakenly amidst the move. Repot your houseplants in light and portable plastic pots if possible so they are easier to move quickly and successfully.

Pack the Soil with Damp Paper

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

Put in Roomy Boxes with Air Holes

Your houseplants need protection and a satisfactory growing environment during the move. Take into consideration tall boxes like wardrobe boxes for larger plants. Make sure to pack the pot snugly at the base to prevent slippage while giving plenty of room for the leaves and stems. You might give consideration to cutting your plants back for your move to San Antonio to make sure they are easier to transport.

Going with Your Plants

Should you have not many plants, securing them into your backseat is an ideal option. Otherwise, consider a small trailer for a large bunch of plants. Make sure to keep the interior of the car a supportive neutral temperature and don't water them except if they end up very dry. Look out for extreme temperatures. Should you stop on the way, bring the plants inside and open them up to get some light.

Consider Taking Cuttings Instead

If moving your plants may seem like an enormous amount of work nevertheless you still desire them as part of your new house, think about taking small cuttings to restart with and gifting your present potted collection to pals or even selling them for a little extra moving funds.

Methods to Move an Aquarium

Pack in Their Own Water

As you know already, water in a aquarium is carefully balanced for healthy fish which means your fish would be better transported in their water. To ensure this water is correctly balanced and as clean as possible, replace about 20% from the tank water every day for 5 days ahead of the trip and stop feeding your fish for a day ahead of the trip. This will reduce waste in the water and make your fish healthier during the move. Fish can survive for roughly 7 days without having food if well-fed prior to the move to San Antonio.

For Few Fish, Transport in sturdy Plastic Bags

If you should only have a small amount of fish in a tiny aquarium, you can pack them in a single or 2 tough plastic bags. Make sure the bags are filled up with water out of your fish tank. This is how fish come home from the pet store also it ought to be safe for your little swimming pets en route to your new home.

For Numerous Fish, Separate into Five Gallon Containers

Should you have a great collection of fish within a large fish tank, pick up several 5-gallon containers together with lids which seal tightly. Fill the containers with tank water and space out your fish between them, ensuring never to crowd the fish too much in any one reservoir.

Transporting Your Fish

Fish in bags could be packed inside Styrofoam in boxes. Fish in storage containers must be secured within your backseat where they will vibrate minimally. Be careful about transport temperature, particularly if traveling in the summer or wintertime. Bring your fish inside together with you if you happen to stop at places to stay along the way.

Think about Using a Pet Shop

Certain pet stores will in reality help you to transport and in some cases board your fish. This can be the optimal choice if it may take you some hours to get the aquarium tank set back up again within your new house.

Aquarium along with you or the Movers

Finally, decide what you should do with the fish tank. Entirely emptied and adequately cleaned, your movers can certainly manage it as a specialty item moving in the moving van itself to San Antonio. But, if you might get to the new house ahead of the moving company, you might want to pack the fish tank inside your trunk instead.

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