Moving Your Roots


I’m enjoying a bit of play on words here while I write, Moving Your Roots. People already synonymously associate buying a new home with uprooting. Other plant related words can be transplant, when you aren’t from around here, or rooted, meaning you have never left your home area. If you haven’t guessed it already, today’s blog is about moving with your plants.

Every new homebuyer is excited about potential landscaping and garden ideas at a new home but what about the ones at your current place? House plants can go with you to your new home on the move, carefully, but what about those outside in a garden or part of landscaping? There are a few things to take into consideration before you move your roots.

For Trees and Perennials

You are attached and really want to bring a tree or larger perennial with you to your new home. This may require some paperwork. Some real estate transactions require trees and other large land ornament style plants to be sold as is with the property. Check with your local C3 agents to see what the specific criteria is for the county you current live in as well as the one you are moving to. If you do get to move them, here are a few tips:

– Have a place ready for the moved tree/plant

This will require some forward thinking and some legwork on your part. If you can, have a space and hole ready to receive the plant. The less time out of the ground the more chance of survival it has. Even if it can’t be the final location, have a trench or other area ready to receive the plant.

-Water, Water, and Water

A month or so prior to the big move start a routine of soaking the plant. Before you move, you want to soak the base and surrounding soil. Right before digging, water it again. Dig it out wide to save as many roots as possible. Wrapt the bottom in a burlap sack, or something similar, to keep the roots moist and during transport. When replanting it, put it in the hole, fill it half way with dirt, water it, and repeat, several more times.

Expand Your Roots

If you are fortunate enough to have some family heirloom plants on your property, don’t be shy to take some trimmings. A lot of times you can trim or take babies of plant to your new home. If you are an avid gardener then you will know what you want to take and what can stay behind. It is always exciting to expand your roots. Bring a little history with you and be ready to make new stories, and plants, in your new home.