How do I move outdoor plants across the country?


I have a beautiful garden of perennials I would love to take with me that would survive in our new home despite the fact that the gardening zones are different. There is ZERO landscaping at the new house so to be able to have "instant" curb appeal with large and luscious plants we could bring from BC to Prince Edward Island and just get them into the ground would be such a blessing. We will be traveling in the spring before things start to really "wake up"...lots of Hosta and things that are pretty hardy. Any suggestions? We will be driving across Canada in a cube van and it should take us about 8 days so these plants (some of them grasses) have a mass of 2.5' in diameter. We will have room for them. Anyone????

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 15, 2018

    Wow, good luck. The only thought I had is are you allowed to transport plants. I know I moved to California and wasn't allowed to bring in any of my plants. Had to leave at border.

    • Heather Pendragon Heather Pendragon on Dec 17, 2018

      Thanks for your reply. Crossing borders in Canada isn't such a big deal. There's no one who would tell us we had to leave them at a border as there are no patrols or stops to have to go thru. I know for sure we would not be allowed to take them across to the US from Canada. So sorry you lost them. :(

  • check to see if PEI has an issue with bringing in plants from outside, then i say look at what you have room for in your van - if you can take them, sure try it! Put them out, water and such as you go to they do not die. I LOVE BC, why move???

  • First check if you can transfer plants from one area to the next. I am in CA and nothing can come in from out of state (although people do get small things through), mostly for pest infestation issues. CA is its own country in some ways, with such a huge population there does need to be checks and balances. Other states in the US it is up to the border patrol agent, if there is one. Not sure about Canada. Pot them and cover with burlap and keep lightly moist enough so they don't dry out. They will be just fine.

  • Ginny Ginny on Dec 16, 2018

    When I moved across the country, I put my plants in totes and loaded them last, When we stopped for a break, I would open the door and let the sun shine on them. Plants that don't require a lot of sun can be loaded in a deep freezer or other things you load empty.