Landworks offers many different and unique ways to beautify your yard, including Lawn Care Services. Now that the temperatures are plunging, when is the best time and how is the best way to bring outdoor plants inside to help them thrive during the winter months?
Because conditions differ widely between the inside and outside of your home, a gradual reintroduction to the indoors is best. Sudden changes in temperature, light, and humidity can be traumatic to plants, resulting in yellowed leaves, wilting, or even death.
First, get ready to move the plants indoors. Clean the windows – both inside and out – to ensure that plants will get adequate light this winter. If some of your plants will need repotting, make sure you have potting soil (not garden soil), containers, and the supplies you need on hand. Landworks’ Lawn Care Services can help with advice and replanting techniques also.
Plants will need to be brought indoors before nighttime temperatures dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Most tropical plants will suffer damage at temperatures below 40 degrees, a few even below 50 degrees.
Inspect plants for insects and diseases and treat as appropriate before bringing plants back inside. Soaking the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes will force insects out of the soil. If snails, earthworms, or other insects burrowed in the soil, you might want to repot the plants, placing a piece of wire screening over the drainage hole to keep them out next year. Lawn Care Services can keep your lawn landscaped and pest-free to make this transition for your plants easier.
To prevent shock when you bring houseplants back indoors, expose plants gradually to reduced lighting. Usually, if they’ve been in bright light and you move them into much lower light, expect that some leaves may fall off. However, new ones should form as the plants readapt to the lower light. It’s best if they’ve been outside in high light to put them in similar light indoors, like a south window or under plant lights on a timer for 16 hours a day.
Don’t overwater – let the soil surface get dry to the touch before watering again. If in doubt, don’t water. Water succulents less often, when the soil is dry for several days. Don’t water if it’s very cloudy or rainy weather, as plants won’t get sufficient light indoors to dry out.
Finally, give your plants a boost of fertilizer, according to the directions on the product label. To learn more about Lawn Care Services with Landworks and how they can help with all of your landscaping and more, visit https://www.landworks-inc.com/contact-us/.