How to bring outdoor plants indoors
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▪ Check for pests: When nighttime temperatures fall to 45 degrees, it’s time to bring outdoor plants inside—especially tropical plants. Make sure they’re healthy and insect-free, because pests, molds, and plant diseases “spread much quicker indoors.” To force bugs out of the soil, soak the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for 15 minutes. Ailing plants should be pruned and repotted as needed.
▪ Let them acclimate: The move indoors can shock plants, so for a few days, bring them in at night and put them back outside during daylight hours. If possible, shorten the outdoor time each day.
▪ Welcome them home: Clear an area so that your plants get plenty of sunlight, and clean your windows to let more light in.
▪ Discard weaklings: If certain plants were seriously struggling outdoors, you may want to give up on them. Whatever the problem, “it’s only going to get worse indoors.”