Selling your Home? Take your Gardening Collection with You

Posted by Dan Wolf on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 10:42am.

If you're a gardening enthusiast, you might be surprised to know that you can't always take your plants with you when you move. If you're planning to put your home up for sale, a little advance planning is needed in order to ensure you won't have to start over from scratch at your new residence.

Before placing your home on the market, take inventory of the plants in your garden and decide what you might be able to keep. Small specimens of shrubs and flowers could easily be transplanted into containers so they can be removed before the new owner takes possession. Once you've determined what's salvagable, make sure you have adequate containers on hand to place these plants in after you dig them up.

It can be helpful to have an inventory of your potted plants available. That way, you can attach this inventory to any sales contracts in order to make sure the buyers understand you will be taking your container garden with you rather than leaving it for them to enjoy.

You might not be able to dig up larger trees or shrubs, but you could make a start of them to grow at your new home. Choose healthy specimens that have a great deal of new growth and then make about a six-inch cutting from one of the plant's stems. Include one of the plant's nodes, which is a location where a leaf is currently or has been previously attached.

Using a thin razor, make a slice in the stem and node of your cutting. Remove all but one or two leaves. Fill one cup with water and then place a few ounces of a rooting hormone into another. Dip the cutting into the cup of water, shake off the excess, and then dip it into the rooting hormone. Place into a container full of soilless potting mix and cover with plastic. Water frequently and you will see roots begin to sprout within a few weeks. Once the plant is well-established, you can plant it outdoors in your new garden.

Bringing plants with you when you move is one way to keep the past alive while also ensuring your new yard has the same unique charm as your old one. With a little advance preparation, you can do exactly that. Contact us to help you find that dream home that's just perfect for your plant collection.

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