Don’t let your plants get stuck out in the cold!
I love when I have the opportunity to work on a clients’ landscape design. Partly because I love nature and incorporating as much of the surroundings as I can, but also because it’s amazing to see how it all transforms month after month, year after year.
Seasons are a beautiful thing. There’s nothing like seeing the outdoors come to life in the spring, show us its magnificent beauty in the summer, surprise us with blazing colors in the fall and then provide a pretty backdrop for the snow to settle on in the winter. Knowing that your plants are going to travel this journey through the year, and tending to their needs as each season arrives will extend the life of your landscape.
We had our first frost warning of the season the other night. Which caught me a little by surprise, but quickly made me consider what I need to tend to in my yard! I recently moved to a new home and with it came a garden I could only have dreamed of. I feel much of an obligation to care for the plants as the previous owner so lovingly did. Which means I’ve had to take a crash course in how to bring some of these beauties inside for the long, hard winter.
Of course, I am not an expert but these tips seem to be pretty consistent across all of my research. I do recommend talking to someone at your local garden center if this is the first time you’ve done this.
Timing is everything:
It’s hard to say exactly when the best time to bring your plants indoor is, however, when temperatures remain pretty consistent between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s probably time. Also be aware of frost warnings in your area. You want to bring your plants into an environment that is not a drastic temperature change.
Find a good spot:
Keep in mind that your while outside, your plants enjoyed a full day of sunshine. You may need to find a bright spot in your home, or slowly adapt your plant to lower lighting. Your plants will tolerate the temperature of your home, but they will turn crispy and brown if there isn’t enough moisture in the air. Consider placing them in a location where you could also run a humidifier, or mist them using a spray bottle. Cut your plants back slightly before you move them inside to control size and encourage new growth. Repeat in the fall.
Check for pests:
They are called pests for a reason! You don’t want to invite them in your house, do you? Check on and under the leaves for those little critters, and on the stems and the base of the plant. You can also soak a potted plant in a container of lukewarm water for 15 minutes. Any insects in the soil will rise to the surface. Depending on what you discover, you may want to re-pot your plant in a clean container with fresh soil to avoid any hitchhiking pests.
Give your plants some love:
And some water! Once inside, your plants won’t need as much water as they do outside. Think: less frequently, more thoroughly. You can always check by feeling the top inch of soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water.
Of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface on maintaining houseplants. There’s lots more to learn on my Pinterest board. Just click here to see!
Don’t let your plants get stuck in the cold!