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Old 04-07-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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We have several very large plants that I would like to bring to our new house. Has anybody moved large plants? Any suggestions? We're only moving from one house to another in the same town. It's not a long distance move. We have movers moving all our furniture and large boxes. We've been bringing small boxes to the new house ourselves...so we can move some of the plants in our jeep. But we have a couple of huge cactii...I don't think we could move them ourselves. I was thinking of wrapping them in burlap...or a blanket that we can throw away after...because of the large needles in the cactii. And maybe laying them down gently in the jeep? Any suggestions? I forgot to ask the movers if they can move them.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Cacti are pretty brittle. If there was some way you could reinforce them before moving them they might survive better. How big are these cacti? If they are trashcan sized or smaller, you may be able to put them in a trashcan and then pour sand or wrap them in plastic and packing peanuts around them so they wouldn't break apart while moving them. Otherwise, if you know someone with a trailer and then put the plants on the trailer and secured the pot so it can't shift and then secured the plant so it can't shift it might get there in one piece.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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One cactus is 5 feet tall....the other is about 4 feet. Our son has a pick-up truck...so maybe we can do what you suggested. I don't even know how we can pick it up to put it in anything! It's very prickly!
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Parkridge, East Knoxville, TN
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I worked at a plant nursery where we delivered huge potted plants sometimes. Our secret was to lay bags of potting soil or mulch on top of each other all around and kinda resting on the outside of the pot.. It always worked
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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I see cacti traveling on the roads all the time. They are layed flat or on a angle and have supports along the plant. Just go to any nursery that transports or sell cacti and see what they look like on a truck or while in storage.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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What type of cacti are you moving. There are 100's of different types. A name helps. Can you show a picture.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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every fall before the first frost I bring this aloe plant inside, in spring after danger of frost I put it on a piece of cardboard and drag it to the front door (north facing so the aloe never gets direct sunlight) I wear a 16.5 X 33 shirt and the fronds are longer than my arm, my wrist is 9 in circumference, the fronds are larger, they stand over 26 inches tall and from tip to tip it is more than 42 inches across. For the last ten years it blossoms, sends out a flower stalk over 4 ft tall that on the last foot or so is covered with these small yellow jellybean sized flowers, kinda looks like a really long yellow bottle brush about 4 in in diameter, the pot it is in stands 18 inches tall and has a 26 in diameter at the top, it needs another (and larger) pot. Not sure what we are gonna do with it, it is getting too big to get it inside and outside annually. I have friends that help, but, in not too many years at the present rate it may become immovable, anybody have any ideas about what we can do with this monster Aloe plant? Last year it gave us three flower clusters on a flower stalk over four feet tall. Does anyone know a hospital burn unit that would be willing to adopt it?
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