Greenhouse plants and bedding plants necessitate special attention to halting damage during their trip from the garden center to your destination. Here are some tips on transporting plants:
Wind can be hazardous. For bigger plants especially, don’t stand them up in the back of a truck where they can be damaged by the wind. Tall plants must be transported lying on their sides. Cover with a tarp or cloth and secure them to keep them from moving around in the truck bed. The best way of transport is a covered van.
Little plants can be cooked in vehicles, even with the AC running. Sunshine through the windows can be intense. Provide shade from direct sun with a cardboard box. Car trunks are not the right way either.
When transporting huge plants into or out of a vehicle, always pick plants up by the container, not the stem or trunk.
Here’s how to prevent container garden mishaps:
Group plants. Group containers so they shade each other and don’t dry out quickly.
Give them shade. Put containers in a shady area such as under a tree or on the east side of the house for shielding from the hot sun. Even sun-friendly plants can take seven days of shade while you’re on vacation.
Hold the water. Use a potting mix containing water-absorbing crystals which will soak up excess moisture and make it available to plants as the mix begins to dry out.
Time your waterings. Add a timer to a drip irrigation system and run the spaghetti-like irrigation tubes from container to container.
Grow succulents and cacti. These plants are water-thrifty to the hilt. It won’t faze them to go seven days or more without water. Also, potted succulents work well as winter houseplants.
Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking a loved one to water your plants. Just make sure to ask them to water deeply. Light watering won’t let moisture penetrate the soil and reach the roots.