Plants (By Michael Politis)
When transporting plants, remember the two seasons of the year that can cause damage to the
plants, the hot summer and the cold winter months.
Plants in Cold Weather
|Bubble wrap makes good
padding and insulation for plants.
|Be sure to provide
ventilation if using plastic of any kind as a covering for your plants.
You've found the perfect plants
for holiday decorating or gift giving. Getting them home safely is an important
consideration. Most plants are pretty resilient, but the shock of moving from a
sheltered indoor environment to the chill of outdoors can be deadly. Don't let
it happen to your prized plant purchases.
Exposure to temperatures from
45° to 50 ° F for as little as one hour is enough to kill many plants. Here
are some quick, simple tips on transporting plants in cold weather. If these
tips sound like overkill, consider them a small investment of your time in
return for years of enjoyment of your new plants.
- If possible, make the
purchase of plants your last stop of the shopping trip. Pick a day when the
weather forecast is relatively mild.
- Put them in a bag. Double-bag
them if it's really cold or windy out. Paper is a better insulator than
plastic, but plastic is better than nothing. If the trip home is long, open
the bag slightly for ventilation.
- Have your vehicle warmed up
before you put the plants in.
- Do not transport plants in
- Do not let foliage touch the
windows of the vehicle. The cold will "burn" the leaves.
- If you buy larger plants,
don't let them stick out of the window.
- Put a layer of newspaper or
cardboard on the floor of your vehicle for added insulation.
- Vans are preferable for
transporting larger plants. If you must use a truck, lay the plants down and
cover them to keep the wind and cold out.
- Use the same precautions
when delivering gift plants to their proud new owners.
Transporting Plants in Hot
|Wind can be deadly. For
larger plants especially. Tall plants need to be transported
lying on their sides. Cover with a cloth or tarp
| Car trunks are not the solution
for transporting plants. Better method of transport is a SUV car.
However smaller plants can be cooked
in automobiles or SUV's if you leave your car shut up.
You've found the perfect plants
at the garden center. Getting them planted properly is important. How you get
them home can also be critical to their survival. Trees, shrubs,and bedding
plants that have been relatively sheltered in the garden center need a little
TLC while being taken to their new home.
Greenhouse plants (especially
those purchased as gifts) also need special attention to prevent damage.
Here are some quick tips on
- Wind can be deadly. For
larger plants especially, do not stand them up in the back of a truck where
they be whipped and stripped by the wind. Tall plants need to be transported
lying on their sides. Cover with a cloth or tarp and secure them to keep
them from rolling around in the truck bed. The best method of transport is a
- Ávoid placing plants in a car and leaving the car shut
up, because temperature will rise and destroy the plant in a short period of
- Smaller plants can be cooked
in automobiles or SUV's, even with the air conditioner running. Sunshine
through the vehicle window can be intense. Provide shade from direct sun
with paper or cover with a cardboard box. Car trunks are not the solution
- When moving large plants
into or out of a vehicle, always lift plants by the container, not the trunk
- It's a good idea to schedule
your day so that the garden center is your last stop.