Many of my houseplants have thrived on my back covered deck this summer. But the night time temperatures are dipping into the 5O’s so I know I need to start thinking about transitioning them to their new home in the house over the winter. Here are a few tips to help make the transition smooth.
- Plan Ahead:
- Start the transition before the first frost. Ideally, begin bringing your plants inside when nighttime temperatures consistently drop below 50°F (10°C).
- Inspect for Pests:
- Before bringing your plants indoors, inspect them carefully for any pests or diseases. Isolate and treat affected plants to prevent infestations indoors.
- Clean and Prune:
- Trim away dead or damaged foliage and remove any fallen leaves from the soil surface. This will reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
- Repot If Necessary:
- If your plant has outgrown its current pot or if the soil has become depleted of nutrients, consider repotting it with fresh potting mix. This can give it a fresh start for the winter months.
- Adjust Lighting:
- Inside, your plants won’t receive the same amount of light they did outdoors. Place them in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Consider using grow lights if natural light is insufficient.
- Gradual Acclimatization:
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature and light conditions. Over the course of a week or two, gradually move your plants from their outdoor location to their indoor spot. This helps them acclimate to the new environment.
- Control Humidity:
- Indoor heating can lower humidity levels, which may not be ideal for some plants. To increase humidity, group plants together, use a humidity tray, or use a humidifier.
- Watering Adjustments:
- Indoor plants typically require less water during the winter months. Check the moisture level in the soil before watering, and water less frequently than you did during the growing season.
- Monitor Temperature:
- Ensure your indoor temperature is suitable for your plants. Most houseplants thrive in temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C).
- Fertilize Sparingly:
- Plants usually require less fertilizer in the winter when their growth slows down. Reduce the frequency and concentration of fertilizer during this period.
- Keep an Eye on Pests:
- Continue to monitor for pests indoors, as they can still be a problem during the winter. Isolate affected plants and treat them promptly.
- Prune and Trim as Needed:
- Throughout the winter, periodically check for dead or yellowing leaves and remove them to encourage healthy growth.
- Maintain Air Circulation:
- Good air circulation helps prevent fungal issues and stagnant air. Use a fan on low to create gentle air movement if necessary.
- Be Patient:
- It’s normal for plants to go through an adjustment period when transitioning indoors. Some may drop leaves or show signs of stress, but they usually recover with proper care.
Bringing your houseplants in is also great for the winter blues. When we can’t be outside in our gardens, all we have to do is look around at all the greenery that surrounds us.
P.S. Although I don’t fertilize my plants in the winter, I used a new product this summer on my houseplants I put outside and the ones I left inside. I believe it played a big part in their growth and how healthy they look. It’s pet and people safe and easy to mix.
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