If you let your houseplants and tropicals “vacation” on your back deck or front porch this summer, then by early September, it’s time to start getting them ready to move back inside for the winter.
You will need to bring your plants indoors before nighttime temperatures dip below 45 degrees. Most tropical plants will suffer damage at temperatures below 40 degrees and some below 50 degrees so it is important to keep an eye on the weather.
- Your plants need a space inside the house, near a window where it will get light.
- Clean the window so you can be sure it will get the most light possible. If you don’t have enough light, invest in a plant light.
- Check to see if your plant is root bound. If it is you will need to repot it. Do not repot flowering plants, instead wait until they are done flowering.
- Now it’s time to move plants to an area that is less sunny outside. This gives the plant time to acclimate to the lower light conditions it will encounter once you bring it indoors. I’d suggest starting this process about 2 weeks before you plan to bring the plant indoors.
- Check the plant for insects and purchase the appropriate spray. Hicks carries a number of organic solutions that are safer to use around children and pets.
- One week before you are going to bring the plant inside, spray the plant thoroughly with an insecticidal soap to kill all of the insects.
- Then, the day before or morning of the day you are planning to bring the plants inside, drench the soil with the insecticidal soap to kill any bugs that are living in the soil.
- Give the plants a second spray on the leaves to make sure all of the bugs are dead. Be sure to coat both sides of the leaves.
- Let the plant sit outside for a few hours to let the soil drain and then bring the plant inside to its new home.
- Reduce your watering once you bring the plants inside. Your plants are no longer getting direct sun, hot weather and windy conditions so they will require less water.
Bringing your favorite houseplants and tropicals indoors during the winter months allows you to enjoy your plants every day of the year. Give it a try!