Many homeowners like to move potted plants outdoors over the summer months so they can enjoy the warm, fresh air and abundance of direct light. As a result, they thrive and you are able to enjoy their blooms and lush leaves. But once the evening temperatures begin to drop, you'll want to prepare for bringing potted plants indoors for the fall and winter months. We have a few tried and true tips to help ensure your plants transition back inside goes smoothly.
In the days leading up to your plants big move, transition plants that are receiving full or partial sun to a more shady outdoor location. Doing this will help ease your plants into receiving less sunlight.
Check for Pests
Before moving, check your plants closely for insects. If you see insects or suspicious insect damage, you will need to use an organic insecticidal soap before moving inside. You could also research making your own natural pesticide spray using peppermint, clove, rosemary and other essential oils.
Feed for Success
Providing proper nutrition will help your plant through the transition so it can continue thriving indoors. We recommend applying Fortify Organics All-Purpose Water Soluble Plant Food as it contains the perfect mixture of nutrients and beneficial ingredients for maximum plant and soil health. Happy, healthy plants result in happy, healthy people thanks to the clean air and stress reduction they provide.
Taper Back Watering
Your plants will require less water inside, so be sure you aren’t over-watering. Indications of over-watering are different in each plant species but some commons signs are discolored leaves and wilting. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
Picking the Right Spot
It is normal for plants to drop leaves as they adjust to their new indoor conditions, but if your plant doesn't bounce back, it might be a sign that it doesn't like the location you picked. Avoid areas around air vents, fireplaces and exterior doors, as these areas have constantly fluctuating temperatures that are less than ideal for plant growth.
Indoor plants have many benefits, including cleaning air and helping reduce stress. Following these recommendations will result in healthy plants that you can enjoy all season long.