Bringing Houseplants Inside
If you gave your houseplants a change of scenery for the summer by taking them outside, before you take them back inside there are a few things you can do to help ease the transition for them.
First, if you live in a part of the country that has extremely cold winter temperatures, you don't want to wait until the first hard frost to take these tropicals inside. You see the change in temperature can be too drastic. A handy rule of thumb to remember is that when temperatures outside become similar to those inside your house, it's a good time to make the transition.
And once you get them inside, you want to make sure that the light conditions are similar to what they had outside.
If you're not careful, you may be bringing in more than just your houseplants. You see hitchhikers can be a problem. During the summer any number of pests can get in the soil and on your plants. And some of them are so small, you need a magnifying glass to see them.
To keep these little stowaways from creating an infestation in your home, I like to saturate my houseplants with an insecticide. I use an insecticidal soap because it is safe and I always try and get the underside of the leaves. After spraying, I'll leave them outside for two or three days, give them one more check before I take them inside.
As the days become shorter and your plants shift from an active growth cycle they won't require as much water, so don't kill them with kindness by overwatering.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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