November 2005
Home Grown Tomatoes

Moving can be a major pain in the ‘plants’

Moving can be a major
pain in the ‘plants’

It’s time to move to your new home. You’ve spent two weeks packing and you think you’re ready. You hired ‘Two Rocket-Surgeons and a POD’ to slowly load all of your furniture and boxes, micromanaged all the way. The deal has closed and the new family will move in as soon as their brother-in-law painter covers all of the faux finishes that you paid thousands of dollars to have an artist create just for you.

As you look one last time at your old house, I’m sure you are thinking about all of the time and money you spent decorating your garden. Every year you planted some perennials with your annuals so you could have an ever-blooming garden. Some of the perennials are still blooming and some are dormant. You are wishing that you could take them all with you, but the selling deal says that you can’t remove ‘real property.’ Plants are considered real property if they are in the ground.

You have met the buyers of your home and you know they’ll just rip everything up and plant a token Bradford pear, ten dwarf yaupons and four cleyeras. What would be the harm in taking them? You can take some of them.

The plants that were dormant when the deal was made were never seen by the real estate agent. Can you say, "out of sight, out of mind?" You can also take cuttings and divisions of the plants that are obvious. Just cover your evidence with a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw. Be sure to leave everything appearing the same as it did when the deal was made.

If you are moving house plants or other container plants, try to move them in a closed in truck. If you are moving them in an open truck, it is best to move them in the early morning or late afternoon. Cover the plants with shade cloth or bed sheets to prevent the sun and wind from beating them up or burning them.

If the temperature is below 40°, you should make sure to use extra covers for your plants, especially if you’re planning on flying down the road at seventy miles an hour.

I just moved last month and can you guess what I did? Yup! I dug and cut and mulched and mulched and cut and dug and…You get the picture.

Yes, Folks, moving can be a major pain in the plants. Don’t wait till you get to your new

home to decide, "Wow! That hardy fuchsia would have been perfect there." Plan ahead and the move will go a lot smoother.

For more on these and other gardening tips, listen to Home Grown Tomatoes every Saturday morning from 6 till 8 on 101.1 FM, The Source and log on to

Kenn Alan presents the radio show “Home Grown Tomatoes” every Saturday morning on 101.1 FM and offers gardening tips at