"Suitcase full of.... " What is that old saying? Is it a "Suitcase full of Dreams?" I googled it and found everyone seems to say a suitcase full of xxx. But we actually do have a suitcase full of plants.
So how does one bring back 40 plants from California to Washington by plane? Especially since over half are in gallon pots. It is actually very easy but it does take a bit of work.
You take the plant out of the pot and remove about 1/2 or so of the soil. Wrap the rootball in plastic wrap. Trim the plant so that it is about a foot or so high. Then wrap the whole plant in newspaper so that it is in a tube and fold up the bottom. Tape with clear mylar tape. There you have a plant-to-go!
We take along two hardsided old Samsonite pieces of luggage and can get about 24 or plants in the a case. Once you get to your destination, then just unwrap and pot. Very similar to how you might receive plants in the mail from a mail order nursery.
It too us about 3 hours or so to wrap up all the plants. Meanwhile sister and families dropped by and we had a great visit. As usual it goes way to fast.
Soon it was time for our quick trip to the airport. We got to finally drop off the Cruiser and wave good bye again to the Valley.