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Moving Houseplants!




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Getting ready to make a move and are a bit concerned about your potted houseplants surviving the journey?  Here are a few tips to help.
 
Be sure to wrap heavy plastic or cloth around your potted plants to prevent leafy branches from drying out.  Poorly packed potted plants tip over and bounce around, which can damage branches and break leaves off.  Cold and heat can damage them also.  During the winter, warm up your car and wrap the potted plants before taking them outside.  Never leave them in a cold car while you do additional packing.  In the summer, make sure the potting soil is moist and don't leave them in a hot car while you unpack other items.

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If you wrap the potted plants make sure to use a permanent marker to make the outside of the package.  Mark what type of plant it is and where it should be placed in the new location.  Write the name on the bottom of the pot if necessary so you can remember how to care properly for it.

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If you are going to be away from your plants for any length of time then make sure you have someone who can come into your home and take care of them.  If that is not possible.  Place 2 bamboo stakes on each side of the potted plant.  Drape a clear plastic bag over the plant and this will create humidity to help the plant survive till you return.

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Another good tip is to lay plastic in the bathtub.  Cover the plastic with newspaper and then wet the papers.  Thoroughly water your plants, then set them in the tub and cover with plastic to keep the humidity high.
 
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Moving Potted Plants Indoors





Many gardeners know that heartbreaking feeling that comes when the cooler weather approaches.  They feel the must say good-bye to the lush potted plants that they nurtured all spring and summer.  But, we want you to know that you can move many of them, still in their pots, indoors with good success.  Turning a annual potted plant into a houseplant is not that difficult if you follow a few easy steps.

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The first thing to consider when your are ready to make the move, is where you are moving the potted plant to.  Typically most plants need as much sunlight as possible since the season has more dark than light hours.  Find a window where they will get the most sunlight.  If you have a enclosed patio or sun room they are ideal.

Make sure they aren't located on a heat vent.  Since indoor air tends to be drying, it's best to find a location farthest from the heat source.  You will also need to water the soil more than it when it was located outdoors.  If it is possible, turn down the thermostat a degree or two to help keep the air cooler.  You don't want to burn up a lush plant because of lack of moisture in the potted soil.

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Check the soil in the planter and undersides of the leaves for pests.  The last thing you want to do is move in a family of bugs.  If you are really worried about this issue you can set the pots up in the garage and then spray them for pest.  It never hurts to error on the side of caution!

If the plant you want to try to save, by moving it indoors, is planted in the soil you will need to purchase a planter to re-pot it in before you dig it up.  We have many sizes and styles available that will all work great indoors.  Just make sure you have a sealed saucer so that you won't damage the surface you place the pot on.  Remember to use potting soil not garden soil.  Garden soil doesn't have the right mix of mulch etc to keep a potted plant healthy.

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Once indoors, water them completely and keep them moist.  Don't let them dry out.  Since their growth season is over they will not require as much water but you don't want the soil to dry out either.  Think of this time indoors as a rest period and don't fertilize.

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Watch Your Back While Gardening




All the bending, lifting, lugging, and tugging we do when we're gardening takes it's toll, particularly on the back.  However, there are things you can do to protect your back while still enjoying your time digging in some soil.  Just follow these easy steps:

Warm up:  Before jumping right in you should walk around the yard for a few minutes.  Try collecting all your tools at this time and getting everything organized so once you start you don't have to keep stopping and searching for items.  Move any heavy pottery into position before you start.

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Bend Correctly:  Bending over from the waist with your knees locked is the most common mistake gardener's make.  Either bend forward from your hips or bend your knees and squat down.  This transfers the weight you are trying to life to your thighs and buttocks.  We sell a device called "Pot Lifter" that is awesome for lifting large objects not just garden pottery.  Click here to find out more information.

Avoid twists and turns:  Avoid being repetitive with movements.  If you are performing the same movements over and over, like shoveling dirt, stop time to time and take a break.  When filling a large planter with soil, try doing it in a couple of steps.  Fill the pot half full, move on to something else and come back and finishing filling the planter.

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Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes:  There are gardening shoes that have nice thick soles that help to minimize the impact on your feet.  They also help with alignment so you don't trip or stumble while walking on uneven surfaces.

Cool down after gardening:  When your chores are complete, this is the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work.  Look at your stunning potted planters and savor the view.  Relax, stretch your muscles while they cool and enjoy a final glance at all that you have accomplished.  If you have access to a hot tub this is the ultimate reward for a day of hard work.

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Drawing 1 shows the incorrect to bending.  Don't lock knees.






Drawing 2 shows the best way to bend when lifting.






Drawing 3 show a great way to relax your back after gardening all day.

If you follow even a few of these moves, we think you will find your gardening experience much more enjoyable.  It's the little things that make a big difference.

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