how to move heavy plant pots

How To Move Heavy Plant Pots

How To Move Heavy Plant Pots pinterestThe giant plant pots are a great way to display your plants. There’s no doubt every grower loves the envying eyes of onlookers as they pass near your flower garden. 

An occasional compliment on the state of your garden from a well-meaning visitor is also welcome. But the giant pots do more than enhance your home’s aesthetics. They also give the plant room for more nutrients that spur growth and development. 

With these big planters, your mind as a grower is at peace knowing that you won’t have to transplant the plant into a more befitting pot once it grows. Bigger is better. The plant has more room for the roots to stretch, and the canopy is always smiling. 

However, when you have to move the plant, the giant pots pose a considerable challenge. If you don’t break your back trying to lift the giant pot off the ground, you risk breaking the pot itself. 

There are many reasons why you might have to move your big plant pots (as we’ll explore later in the article). To make things easier and consistent throughout this article, let’s pretend we’re moving the plants indoors because winter is acting up. Shall we?

How To Move Heavy Plant Pots Indoors

Moving big plants indoors is a small job that can quickly go wrong. Unlike when you move the plant to an outside location, indoors there are obstacles— like door and furniture that can knock your plant’s pot. 

It helps to preview the flow of actions involved and prepare the playground before you begin. These tips should help you move your plants safely and with minimal strain on your body;

Avoid Heavy and Fragile Plant Pots

If you know you will need to change the location well in advance, you should avoid heavy and fragile pots. The plant shall have packed a lot of weight by its own, add the weight of the grow medium, and you have too much weight to deal with. 

Using heavier pots add unnecessary trouble when moving. Instead of using the heavy ceramic pots, use a plastic pot to make moving the plant less strenuous. 

Since you’ll be wheeling the plant through doors and between furniture, you want a pot that can take a little beating just in case you hit the edge of a table. With a fragile pot, wheeling up the stairs, through small doors, and between furniture would be playing Russian roulette with your precious plants. Stay safe, use sturdy plastic plant pots.

Check If You’ll Need Protective Gear

Some plants are beautiful to the eyes, but pretty rough when they get in contact with you. If the plant has spikes, thorns, or itching juices, wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt, the last thing you want to worry about is an irritating skin when you’re in the middle of the job. 

Spruce up the plant

The plant has been growing outdoors for some time, and you don’t want to shock her. Pruning the extra leaves (especially the drying ones), and cleaning the topsoil of any leaves, can help you bar entry to pests. 

Trimming also stresses your plants the right way, making them more tolerant of the fluctuations that might exist in the indoor environment. Some indoor plants are super sensitive to changes in humidity, temperature, and lighting, preparing them for the transition is something you should prioritize. 

One of the reasons you’ll want to move your plants indoors is to keep them from pest and diseases. Before you move the plant into the house, inspect it closely for bugs. The dry rotting leaves on the topsoil is usually the culprit. 

But study the plant wholly. Look at the leaves; are they yellowing? Are they drying at the tips? Examine your plant and troubleshoot before moving them in. 

If the bugs come in with them, the plant will pose a significant risk to other plants in the house. That aside, the plant is in transition— adapting to new conditions indoors, the bugs eating on the plant can cause unbearable stress, stunting their growth, and in worse cases, killing them. You can spruce your plant two days before moving them.

Prepare the Cart

Home equipment doesn’t come with specificity. The same cart you use to ferry logs for fire is the same one you use for moving bricks to your construction projects. Cleaning the cart— removing dried mud from wet bricks— can help you slide the heavy plant pot into the cart with ease. 

Also, cleaning the equipment is a caution you take to prevent importing pests to the house. After diagnosing your plant and troubleshooting health lags you identified, it would be disappointing to introduce bugs because of poor hygiene.

Use the Right Equipment for Moving the Plants

Remember only the right cart can be prepared for the job. Attempting to use a wheelbarrow to move giant plant pots can end badly. It takes more power to lift the plant to the wheelbarrow’s tray, you risk dropping the plant pot or breaking your back. Choosing carriage with a lower load space, like a sack truck can make your work less strenuous. 

If you don’t have a befitting sack truck, you can use furniture dolly, but you might need a third hand to help you lift it to its top. If you have neither, acquiring a sack truck should be your priority if you’ll still be growing in the big pots. Sliding the giant pot into the sack truck— not having to lift— is a relief on your lower back. 

Sack trucks also have excellent manoeuvrability and are easy to steady when you’re wheeling it on rough grounds. Think of the stairs, and when you have to use planks of wood as a ramp, you’ll need stability and precision. 

Sack trucks place the load far from the effort, enabling fair distribution of weight, thus less strain on your body and more stability. The two wheels also enhance finesse while manoeuvring stumps from your home garden to the house.

Clear the Path to The New Location

You’re removing the plant from its solitary position outside to the house where there is a lot of traffic. Clear the way. Remove toys, space the furniture, and remove any obstacle on the path. The giant pot is heavy, and when you have to make abrupt stops, you might quickly lose balance. 

Have the new placement in mind and prepare it so that you’re not stuck in the middle of the room with a heavy pot and nowhere to offload it.

Wheel It to The New Position and Support It Through the Transition

The job of moving the heavy plant pots indoors will take more of your time in preparing the stage and tools. Executing it will take you minutes. Loading the giant pot on a sack truck shouldn’t be too hard, but ask for help if the plant is too big. 

Place the plant at the centre of the truck so that the weight is evenly distributed on the wheels, wheel at a comfortable pace until the new spot. 

Offload as gently as possible. Ask for help if you need it because some pots, like clay pots, are fragile and can break from the impact. Water the plant and keep lighting, temperature, and humidity in check. The plant will need more time to pick the pace, but if it stays droopy for more than two weeks, diagnose and treat it.

Why You Might Want to Move the Heavy Plant Pots

Most growers never prepare for moving their plants until they have to. And it’s alright. Ideally, when you place your giant pots at the location you’ve identified as the best spot, it should blossom just fine without the need to move, right? 

But sometimes, you have to move your plants to give them a better shot at life. Here are some situations that might force you to move heavy plant pots;

Move the Heavy Plant Pots


The cold months aren’t friendly to anyone— your lovely plants included. Colder weather reduces enzyme activity in plants, slowing down their metabolic processes. 

Since the plant cannot provide sufficient nutrients for itself, it will be stunted in growth and spend more time growing new leaves after the catastrophic months. And that’s if they survive. 

Moving your plant to an indoor grow setup allows you to control temperatures precisely, allowing the plant to thrive despite the bad weather outside.

When you want to transfer them to the ground

Some plants grow big when tended well. The giant pots are great, but sometimes the plants surpass the size you’d imagined, forcing you to move them into the ground where they have more room to grow. 

Moving such a towering plant demands caution lest you hurt the plant or yourself. Think of all the help you’ll need, if it’s got trellis you’ll need a helping hand so that it doesn’t knock on obstacles when you wheel it. 

When moving to a new greenhouse

An upgrade is often a welcome idea until you’re stuck with ten giant pots with towering plants in them to move. Nevertheless, with a new greenhouse, you’re giving your plants a better shot at life as they can enjoy optimum growth conditions. 

Sometimes, it’s not the plants that needed a new greenhouse but you who needed a new home. If you happen to be leaving your old home, you might want to take your garden (or just a few precious ones) with you. It takes time to settle in new places, and your plants can give your new home a familiar feeling, you know, make it home!


In summary, prepare the plant before transition by trimming it and making it light for the move. Use suitable equipment to move the plant, making sure it’s easier to load and offload. 

Remember you do 80% of the job preparing and laying the ground, moving the heavy plant pots gets easier with adequate preparation.

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