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Tips On How to Move a Potted Plant

Repotting a Houseplant

Drainage holes in pots are crucial to the plant’s health. However, most growers ask one question: are pots without drainage holes bad? This article will show why they aren’t bad when used on several plants such as pothos. But first, what are drainage holes?

Check Plant Hydration

The first thing you need to do before moving your plant is to determine whether it needs water by checking the soil. If it is dry, add water to the pot and let it soak in. Do not overwater as you need to provide the soil time to soak up the water before adding more.

Secondly, you need to check your plant’s leaves for signs of dehydration, such as wilting or dryness on leaves and stems. If there are any visible signs of dehydration, give your plant water before moving it so that it does not lose too much moisture during transport.

Release Pots use less water than standard pots. They are designed to drain more slowly, allowing more water to be absorbed by the roots. At the same time, it prevents stagnant water by using patented angled bottoms to allow for drainage.

Test Plant Weight

You must also be sure to test how heavy the plant is before you move it. Potted plants can vary in weight based on their size and composition, so it is important to know if yours is too cumbersome for you to move alone. It might also affect how intact the plant will be once it reaches its new spot.

Using a Release Pot in this process will provide a sense of ease when transferring plants into the ground or transferring a larger pot, as it saves you precious time and lowers your labor costs. They have large and manageable carry handles for smaller plants so that you will never have a pot slip out of your hand again.

If the plant does feel too heavy, consider enlisting the help of a friend or family member to assist you. If the pot is too big for you to transport safely by yourself, consider breaking it into smaller pieces first, which will also make the transporting process easier.

Physically Moving the Plant

Physically Moving the Plant

Once you have assessed your plants before the move, the next step is physically transferring the plants from one location to another. Knowing how to move a potted plant correctly is vital to keeping it secure, healthy, and intact in its new home.

Lifting the Plant

If you are transferring a relatively small plant to a new pot, grasp the stem in one hand while holding the stem close to the top of the soil with your other. Lift carefully while keeping your hands close together for better control and avoid spilling soil from your potted plant’s container.

To lift plants in a large container, place one hand under the rim of the container while you cup your other hand over the top of the soil. With your hands positioned this way, you can easily move the pot without damaging its roots or spilling dirt all over your floor.

As an even better solution, Release Pots offer large and easy-to-carry handles and are available in multiple sizes so that the plant, no matter what size, is easier to carry and transport from one place to another.

Transporting the Plant

If you are driving to a new location, there are strategic ways to transport your plant safely and securely. Place your plant in a box or use newspaper or packing material to keep the pot from sliding around during transport. Make sure to place your plant on a level surface. If it is an uneven surface, you can use a towel to protect seats or floors from getting wet or dirty should the plants or soil spill over.

It is best to place your plant in your vehicle at the last possible moment to prevent it from being exposed to drastically different temperatures and it can still have good airflow.

Securing the Plant in a New Spot

You can use a dolly or wagon to transport a plant if it is too heavy. This will protect the roots from being squished and allow you more control over how much weight is distributed across them. It also prevents the plant from tipping over during transit; if your pot has drainage holes on its bottom, then water could spill out onto whatever surface is below it – which is also not good!

Release Pots are new and versatile plant containers that are the only guaranteed way to safely transplant your plants or trees into the ground if moved outside or into a new pot. Have a look here for how easy it is to place in fresh soil.

Additional Points for How to Move a Potted Plant

Potted plants can be moved in a variety of ways, so here are a few more basic tips that will help ensure your plant stays happy and healthy during the process:

  • Move the plant while it’s still healthy and hydrated. It will recover faster if there aren’t any leaves damaged or bruised on its way to its new home.
  • Make sure you keep an eye out for bugs like mites or aphids, which are tiny insects that suck sap from leaves. If these critters make their way into your potted plant, try using products made especially for getting rid of them, like insecticidal soap spray or insecticidal bags of dust from your local hardware store. Or you could also call an expert gardener if you need help with handling infestations.
  • You may also want to cut off any dead leaves with water before moving; this helps the plant focus its efforts appropriately and also reduce the chances of spreading disease between pots.

Account For Plant Stress After Move

Replanting as soon as possible will reduce further stress on the plant so it is somewhat vital that you know how to move a potted plant fairly quickly. When you move a potted plant, the process can be stressful for both the plant and its new environment. Here’s why:

  • Moving plants essentially take them out of their natural environment and place them in an unfamiliar one. Plants are used to having certain conditions that they need to survive – including soil, light, temperature, and air circulation – and if these conditions are not met when they are moved, they might die.
  • Some plants may also need time to adjust to their new environment. In reaction to the move, they might lose their leaves or wilt, but it is normally only a temporary defensive reaction that should pass after you and the plant have settled in.
  • If you don’t move your plants soon after transplanting them into new containers or into completely different soil, they may become ill or die due to a lack of water or nutrients, so hydration is also another key factor to their survival.

Some plants just do not like being uprooted from their original environment; others will thrive no matter where you put them! Either way, it’s always good practice to move a plant with care. It not only helps reduce strain on the plant but because there is less chance of damaging roots, if done properly, before putting into a new potting mix with added fertilizer.


Whether you’re transplanting to a bigger pot, relocating, or just redecorating, it’s important that you take extra care when transporting your plant and know the relevant steps to move a potted plant. Potted plants can be heavy and awkward to carry, but there are many ways to make the process go smoother. And with the right tools and tips, it can be a breeze! With the simple steps that have been outlined in this article, you will be able to move any plant with ease. If you would like to make your life transplanting and moving your plants, then a Release Pot is your answer! Check out our array of pots and get repotting today!

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