“You want to make sure that when you’re bringing an outdoor plant in that requires a lot of sun, that you’re really organizing those plants so that you’re making sure they’re in a south-facing window, they can get as much light as possible when it comes to inside your home,” says Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising at 1-800-Flowers. Make sure that the plant you buy for outdoors now has a clear home inside for when the temperatures drop.
You’ll want to keep your indoor-outdoor plants in pots with proper drainage so they’re not swimming in water every time it rains. And remember: Different plants require different amounts of water as the seasons change, too.
“When you are bringing your plants in for the wintertime, some of them will go dormant or quiet, so you also want to make sure that you are not overwatering,” says Palomares. The type of indoor environment is another factor to consider as some heating systems drastically lower the humidity.
Palomares says it’s best to move your indoor-outdoor plants inside before the temperature drops below 45°F. “Make sure that you’re bringing in those plants before you get that first frost,” says Palomares. When transitioning your plants from inside to outside (and vice versa), you’ll need to slowly get your plant ready for its new environment before making the big move.
“If they’re outside in a very sunny spot, start to move them into a little bit more of a shady area outside and let them get used to the change in position and climate,” says Palomares. “That way when you’re bringing it inside it’s not a complete shock.”
Additionally, check your plants out for any pests and give them a good wash before moving them inside. “Hosing down the leaves and then spot-checking the soil in case you need to treat any of your plants with any kind of insecticide ensures that you’re not bringing any of those outside pests inside,” he says.
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