As the temperatures begin to fall, it’s time to start thinking about moving your outdoor plants and flowers inside. However, taking your plants away from the outdoor environment into the heated indoor environment can be a harsh adjustment for them. In order for your plants to survive the move, follow these tips for moving your plants indoors:
When to move them indoors
The first thing you should be aware of is when you should start moving your plants indoors. You don’t want them to be hit by frost, so it’s best to move them inside when regular temperatures dip below 60 degrees, or when nighttime temperatures fall into the 50s.
Check for pests
Outdoor plants are naturally going to attract bugs, but you don’t want to be bringing these pests inside your home. Check the pots and the potting mix for any earthworms, snails, or ants. Then, soak the pot in a tub of lukewarm water to get rid of any other unwanted pests that you may have missed.
Prepare a spot indoors for your plants
Before you officially bring your plants indoors, you want to have a space prepared for them. Since these are outdoor plants, you’ll want to find an area of your home that receives a lot of sun, such as a south-facing room. Just be sure that you don’t place your plants near any doors, vents, or other areas that receive drafts from the outside.
Keep them separate from your indoor plants
If you have the space, try to keep your outdoor plants separate from your indoor plants. This will protect your indoor plants from any diseases or pests that you may have missed in your outdoor plants.
Move them gradually
Once you have a spot prepared and you’ve checked for bugs, it’s time to finally move your plants. When this time comes, however, it’s best to make the change gradually rather than all at once. In other words, you should start by bringing your plants inside during the night, then taking them out during the day. After doing this for a week or so, you should be able to move your plants indoors for good.
Want some more tips on how to protect your plants and flowers during the colder months? Then contact Mills Florist today for more information.