Tips for Moving Heavy Potted Plants

Updated: Jun. 30, 2017

Save your back with packing peanuts

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Big outdoor planters are a great way to display flowers, but moving them is backbreaking. Here's a simple way to cut the weight in half—and improve drainage at the same time.

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Problem: Heavy potted plants

Foam peanuts

A foundation of foam peanuts makes pots easier to move and improves drainage.

Buy a bag of foam packing peanuts instead (available at office supply stores). Fill the pot one-third to one-half full of peanuts, cover with landscape fabric and then add soil. This cuts the weight and saves money, since peanuts cost less than good potting soil. However, a smaller amount of soil means more frequent watering. To slow evaporation, cover the soil with wood mulch.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Foam packing peanuts
  • Landscape fabric
  • Potting soil
  • Wood mulch