As the warmer temperatures slowly dwindle, it’s time to figure out what to do with all of your plants that you’ve coddled and cared for over the summer months. For many of us, letting go of summer is something we’re simply not ready to do, so having a few houseplants by our side is the best way to acclimatize ourselves (not to mention, the plants!).
When it comes to the process of bringing in those plants and herbs, there are a few important factors to consider in order to ensure that they (too) won’t be struck with the shock of sudden seasonal change. Here are a few steps to help you acclimatize your plants properly and help them survive the stresses of their new environment.
No Pests Allowed
First and foremost, there’s no pests allowed in this club! Before you bring those pots inwards, check them for any pests that may have found a new humble abode amongst the greenery and soil. The last thing you want is to invite a batch of insects into your warm and cozy home. Give your plants a good wash before bringing them indoors, with a spray of water and insecticidal soap, if necessary.
Move Plants to Brightest Area
Take a look around your apartment or home. Whichever spot appears to get the most amount of sunlight exposure is where you should house your plants for the winter.
During those cooler months, we know just how dry the air can get. As we lather on the hand lotion, your plants suffer in silence. Using a humidifier in your home will help your plants remain hydrated while all of that forced heat is being circulated throughout your home.
Don’t Over Water
There’s a big misconception that when we take in plants from the outdoors that we need to overindulge them in copious amounts of water. However, during the winter months, plants actually naturally consume less amounts of water, so only water when the top layer of soil feels dry.
Feed Plants Before Spring
If you’re keen to fertilize your plants, the best time to feed them is about a month or so before you plan to place them back outside. For many, this tends to be around mid-March. From this point on, continue to feed them weekly for ideal plant health.
Finally, when the warmer weather arrives and the danger of frost has passed, you’ll have happy, healthy plants that will be ready and waiting to head back outside for the summer. Are you looking to winterize your garden? Contact Hansen Lawn & Garden today for a consultation.