It’s Getting Cold, Time to Bring Plans in for the Winter

when to bring your plants in for the winter

The nights are getting cooler only means winter is here. Temperatures are starting to drop, and you may be wondering what to do with your plants for winter. If you’re feeling the cold, some of your plants will be too. Check out these tips and tricks to help successfully bring your plants in for the winter.

When to Bring Plants in for the Winter

The best time to bring your plants indoors is when nighttime temperatures reach about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you can also bring them inside if there is a forecast of cold temperatures and frost. You don’t want them suffering frost damage as that can be tricky for them to recover from (if at all!).

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The best way to move houseplants inside is by using a large cardboard box or other container with drainage holes. Gently scoop up your plants, pot, and all, then place them into the box or container.

An important thing to remember is that when you bring houseplants indoors, they will need less water than they did outdoors. This is because there’s less natural light and slower growth. Remember to reduce watering until new growth appears again, usually around two weeks after moving indoors.

Where to Place Your Plants

When you bring your plants indoors for the winter, it is essential to get them settled into their new environment as quickly and safely as possible. The best way to do this is by slowly acclimating them to the indoor environment.

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The ideal place to put your outdoor plants when you bring them indoors is a south-facing window. The sunlight will provide warmth, which is one of the most important elements for your plant’s survival. Make sure you don’t put your plants in direct sunlight, though. This can damage their leaves and stems over time.

If you have no open windows in your home, you can use lamps instead to give off a soft, indirect light instead of direct sunlight. Grow lamps are ideal for helping your plants thrive indoors.

Debug and Clean Plants

There are several ways to get rid of bugs on your plants. You can use chemical treatments, but these can be toxic to people and pets.

If you have just a few bugs, such as aphids or mealybugs, you can pick them off by hand. Or use a cloth to gently rub the plant to get rid of the bugs. This method works best if the plant is small, and you don’t have many pesky bugs.

Chemical sprays are effective against most types of pests, but they’re also potentially harmful to humans and pets if not used properly. Make sure to read all instructions carefully before applying any pesticide spray so that you know how much to apply.

If you’d rather use a natural solution, apple cider vinegar and water will do the trick. Or a simple soap and water solution in a spray bottle works well.

Cut Back on Watering

When you bring outdoor plants inside for the winter, you need to cut back on watering them. But how do you know when to water?

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Here are a few tips:

  • Water sparingly. Plants slow down their growth a little in the winter. So, they need less water than they would in the summer months. You can tell if it’s time to water if the soil feels dry an inch deep or so down into the potting soil.
  • Don’t overwater! The biggest thing that kills indoor plants is too much water or not enough air circulation around them. Watering too often or using a saucer that doesn’t drain properly can cause root rot and other problems with your plants’ health.
  • Remember to water the soil and not the leaves. It’s best to alternate between watering from the top and watering from the bottom.

The bottom line is – don’t overwater.

Make Sure There’s Light and Humidity

Indoor plants need sunlight to grow, but too much can be harmful. Direct sunlight will burn leaves and scorch stems. To provide your plants with the correct amount of light, place them near a window with at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day.

If you don’t have a sunny spot in your home, you can use artificial lights to supplement natural light sources. Grow lights often have two color settings – red or blue. Blue light helps with foliage, whereas red light strengthens root formation.

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Humidity is essential to a plant’s growth, but it can be hard to get the right amount. Most plants need a humidity of between 40% to 60% to thrive. However, if you have a dry home or office, there are things you can do to help your plants stay healthy and green.

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