A few months back, when winter started to rear its ugly head, we discussed how to move your plants indoors. Now, however, with the temperatures rising and spring on the horizon, it’s time to think about how to move those same plants back outside where they belong. Changing environments can be a real shock to the system for your plants, so just as you had to be careful when moving your plants indoors, you must also be careful when moving them back outside.
When you can move them outside
Before you start bringing your plants outside, make sure that you’re doing so at the right time. Even if it’s warm during the day, it can still be bitter cold throughout the night. Houseplants are typically brought back outside anywhere between May and September. The exact time can vary depending on your specific climate and location, but it’s usually safe to take them outside roughly 2-4 weeks after the last frost.
Transferring your plants from a climate-controlled environment to the outside world is a big step. You can’t just take them outside and leave them; you need to make the transition gradually. Start off by taking them outside for a few hours in the morning on the first day. Then, increase that amount of time each day until they’re staying outside all day and night. This process should take about a week to complete.
Place them in the shade first
Unless your plants require lots of direct sunlight, you should place them in the shade first. Plants naturally get less sunlight inside, so they won’t be used to the amount of light they’ll be receiving outdoors. If you place them in direct sunlight immediately, you run the risk of their leaves burning and other types of long-term damage. Instead, place them under an awning or tree, then gradually move them to brighter spots in your yard or garden.
Water with the weather
Naturally, indoor plants lose less water than outdoor plants as they don’t have to go through changing weather conditions. Once your plants are outside, though, they will have to deal with sun, wind, rain, and much more. When you water them, then, will be dependent on the weather. If it’s been hot and dry, then you’ll have to water them more frequently. Conversely, when it’s been cold and wet, you should water them less frequently.
Protect them from heavy rainfalls
Another risk of moving your plants outside is a heavy rainfall. While light rain is a good thing, a deluge can oversaturate the pots and flood out large amounts of soil. If there’s a storm on the horizon, either bring your plants inside temporarily or place them under an awning to protect them.
Keep an eye out for pests
Bugs are a problem for plants both indoor and out, but they tend to be a bigger problem for outdoor plants. Aphids, caterpillars, and Japanese beetles are all potential threats to your plants once you bring them outside. You’ll want to take steps to prevent infestations as soon as you start bringing your plants outside. You can do this by trying organic pest control methods such as floating covers or neem oil spray.
Fertilize them more than usual
Plants love the outdoors, and you’ll find that they start growing more than usual. This is a result of the increased light and air circulation that you find outside as opposed to inside. To support this increased growth, fertilize them more than usual in order to provide them with the proper nutrients.
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