How To Transport Succulents To A New Address?

Moving into a new house can sometimes be a taxing experience, especially with a valuable collection of succulents essential to a relocation endeavor. It can be challenging to ensure these succulents’ safety and security. Fret not! With proper tools and enough patience, we can overcome this challenging move. Let’s see some essential tips from Sydney removalists to avoid damaging the plants during relocation!

#1. Do Not Water The Succulents Before Moving!

There is a staggering hassle to water succulents before relocating them. It contributes to the weight of the pots, thus, making it heavy to carry them inside your vehicle and take them out. It may also affect your moving price, especially if you’re moving interstate, as most interstate removalists charge based on size and weight. 

Aside from that, succulents cannot receive as much ventilation in a vehicle, which makes the soil stay wet throughout the moving process, resulting in succulents’ rapid disintegration. When relocating, ensure that the succulents have been watered in advance and are scorched. We can observe this process 4-5 days before the relocation; this enables the soil to dry completely, and since they are well-hydrated, they can go on for days or perhaps a week without needing water.


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#2. Use Nursery Flats & Trays

Nurseries often use trays to showcase their plant collection. They are often recycled or, at times, given to people who need them. Nursery flats and trays are usually lightweight, making them easy to use and carry, and most cheap removalists can provide them for you. These trays will make it relatively easy and lessen the expenses when relocating as they are beneficial for transferring many pots without spilling over.

#3. Protect Your Succulents

One of the most important things to note when moving succulents is to ensure they are not touching each other. First, you can place succulents into one giant pot. Then, ensure the pot is isolated from the rest of the belongings. However, this may not be practicable. A further solution is wrapping the succulent and its holder with an unused towel, old newspaper, or even craft paper.

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#4. Shorten Time Covering Vehicles

Avoid keeping cacti in a dim, confined area such as a trunk for an extended time. By doing so, succulents may suffer from a lack of sunlight and airflow. On a positive note, this could not lead to a plant’s death; over time, new growth will eventually appear natural when given adequate care. Another thing to consider when moving is to keep succulents in an area with a moderate atmosphere. During summer, avoid placing them where it will be scorching. In the winter, they should be kept in an area warmer than 40°F.

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#5. Navigating Different States’ Regulations

Relocating succulents across state lines necessitates a thorough understanding of the USDA and the destination state’s agricultural regulations. These guidelines, which may require inspections and phytosanitary certificates, aim to prevent the spread of pests, diseases, and invasive species. Some states have strict quarantine rules, especially if they have vast agricultural sectors, and may also list certain plants as restricted or prohibited:

  1. California: Known for its vast agricultural output, California has stringent regulations to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases that could threaten its crops. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a list of restricted and prohibited plants. For instance, certain fruit trees cannot be brought into California without proper inspection and certification due to concerns about fruit flies.
  2. Florida: Given its tropical and subtropical climate, Florida has specific regulations to prevent the spread of invasive species that could threaten its unique ecosystems. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) regulates the movement of many plants and plant products into and out of the state.
  3. Hawaii: Being an island state with a unique ecosystem, Hawaii has strict quarantine rules to prevent the introduction of invasive species. For example, certain types of palm plants might be restricted because of the potential harboring of the coconut rhinoceros beetle.
  4. Texas: With a broad range of agriculture from cattle to cotton, Texas has established regulations to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. The Texas Department of Agriculture oversees these regulations and lists prohibited and restricted plants.

For a smooth move, always check with the destination state’s Department of Agriculture, keep relevant plant documentation, and avoid making assumptions based on prior knowledge or locations. By being proactive and informed, you ensure your succulents’ safe and compliant transport.


The two most important things to consider when moving succulents to a new address in Sydney are preventing the cacti from tipping over and keeping them away from other belongings to ensure their safety. Removalists can help relocate succulents. They will guarantee the overall protection of everything they deliver. 

Note that succulents have evolved to persist in extreme settings and prolonged periods with little to no water and have their own set of rules. However, they are still relatively straightforward to maintain. Follow the above-given tips to ensure that you look out for each succulent’s safety, and ensure your removalist quotes include conditions for plant transport.

Succulent City chief editor


Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City

Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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