Greenhouse plants (especially those purchased as gifts) and bedding plants need special attention to prevent damage during their trip from the garden center to your destination. Here are some quick tips on transporting plants:
- Wind can be deadly. For larger plants especially, do not stand them up in the back of a truck where they be whipped and stripped by the wind. Tall plants need to be transported lying on their sides. Cover with a cloth or tarp and secure them to keep them from rolling around in the truck bed. The best method of transport is a covered van.
- Smaller plants can be cooked in automobiles or SUV's, even with the air conditioner running. Sunshine through the vehicle window can be intense. Provide shade from direct sun with paper or cover with a cardboard box. Car trunks are not the solution either.
- When moving large plants into or out of a vehicle, always lift plants by the container, not the trunk or stem.
- It is a good idea to schedule your day so that the garden center is your last stop.