By Graci Woodworth,

Potted plants are delicate items to tamper with when moving or tackling projects around the home. Learn how self storage can be of great help with our break down of the five W’s of putting plants in self storage.




Keeping potted plants within a storage unit can provide a temporary solution for those with an awkward transition period between moving out of their old home and into their new home. In such cases, stowing hard-to-move items in self storage, like plants, is much easier then trying to turn your car or hotel room into a makeshift greenhouse.

Storing plants is also a convenient option for green thumbs who are repainting, re-flooring, or making other renovations to their home that require plants to be kept out of the way for a brief time.


Potho plant

Even though using a storage unit to hold your plants is only a short-term solution, you still want to do some research to make sure the species will survive the change of conditions. Plants that can tolerate low levels of sunlight are the best fit for this situation (because storage units are almost always windowless), such as cast iron plants, Chinese evergreens, pothos, and snake plants. If your plant species is one that requires large amounts of regular sunlight, it will likely adjust very poorly to the conditions of a storage unit.


Snake Plant

It’s best to wait about 2-3 days after watering your plants before putting them into self storage in order for the foliage to be dry upon storing. Plants with wet leaves or exteriors have the potential to develop mildew, which could then spread to other temperamental items that you may have stored in the unit— this is not a good scenario for electronics, furniture, or clothing!


Climate Control

Plants should be stored in a climate-controlled unit to prevent them from drying out, freezing, or enduring the effects of humidity (depending on the current season and climate of where you live). The ideal temperature for a plant in self storage falls between 60 and 65 degrees. Within the storage unit itself, keep plants away from any other items that could be stained or damaged by soil and water, just in case any excess were to leak from the pot.



Whether you’re moving quarters, remodeling your home, or even pet sitting a four-legged friend that gets into everything, utilizing a storage unit to momentarily house your potted plants is an extremely quick fix.

As always, be sure to connect with your facility manager before storing plants to make sure it lines up with the facility’s guidelines and expectations.

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