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Houseplants bring a feeling of the outdoors to apartment living. But these valued household members can suffer shocks and breakage if they are not handled carefully. Use this moving checklist to prepare your leafy friends for relocation.
A couple of weeks before your move:
- Repot. First on your moving checklist, check what kinds of pots your plants are in. Repot those in breakable pots in same-size plastic pots, which are lighter and won’t break.
- Prune as needed. Another item on your moving checklist should be to pinch back large or bushy plants. This will help prevent breakage during your move and will also encourage thicker growth. Do not prune succulents like jade plants and cacti.
- Banish pests. Next on your moving checklist, inspect your plants for insects. If you find any, check online or with a local greenhouse to learn the best way to treat them.
A day or two before your move:
- Prepare boxes. For this step of a moving checklist, find boxes that will hold your plants. You may be able to fit a few smaller plants into the same box, but large plants will probably need individual boxes.
- Water your plants. Don’t forget this step of your moving checklist. However, don’t get carried away. Water normally. In cold weather, overwatering could result in freezing. In hot weather, it could lead to fungus growth.
On moving day:
- Put plants in their boxes. Do this after you have finished other items on your moving checklist to minimize the time plants are boxed. To keep plants from shifting, place wadded newspaper around the pots. Punch holes in the sides of the boxes for air flow. Cover protruding branches or leaves loosely with a sheet or plastic garbage bag.
- Load your plants. This should be the last item on your moving checklist. Put plants inside your car. They could get too hot or too cold in the trunk or the back of a truck. When you arrive at your new place, unload your plants first.
If you follow the steps on our moving checklist, your plants will arrive at their new home ready to flourish. And to make the rest of your move as painless as possible, use our printable moving checklist. With good planning and organization, both you and your plants will bloom where you’re planted.
Are Apartment Gardens Possible?
An apartment garden might seem like an elusive dream to an apartment renter.
Do you miss the taste of fresh vegetables from your grandmother’s garden or the sight of beautiful plants and flowers from your parent’s meticulously manicured lawn? Do you daydream of your very own garden, only to stop because you realize that you rent an apartment? To rent, by definition, means to be without gardening possibilities, right? There isn’t any way that you can have an apartment garden, is there?
Of course there is! Apartment gardens are very much possible and surprisingly easy to get started.
Starting Your Apartment Garden
To begin, you will need to determine a few things. First of all, you will need to find an apartment space that will accommodate your garden. Will it be inside your apartment or outside your apartment? This will determine the types of plants that you will grow. If it is going to be outside on your patio or balcony, you will need to watch and see what part of the balcony gets the most sunlight and which part gets the most shade. Sun-loving plants will go in the sunnier part of the balcony and shade-loving plants will go behind them. You might have to rearrange some furniture on your balcony to make it all work.
Apartment Gardens of the Container Variety
Container gardens are the easiest to start, grow and move around if necessary. You never know when you might decide to relocate and want to take your garden with you. To begin a container garden, you can go out and buy some terracotta pots (which are the quickest and easiest) or you can recycle old water jugs, coffee cans, and even some old bowls. Mixing these containers with some bough pots will make your garden a little more eclectic.
Apartment Gardens Can be Bountiful
There are several types of plants that you can grow in your apartment garden that will yield beautiful and rewarding fruit, vegetables and flowers. Some examples are squash, cucumbers, beans, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, herbs, onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and even pineapples.
Now that you know a little bit more about apartment gardens, search out your perfect spot and begin today!