When temperatures remain above 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night in spring, it's safe to transition your houseplants outdoors. Start by placing them next to the house in a shaded area, and then gradually move them to brighter locations over the course of five to seven days. Avoid putting houseplants in a final location that gets full sun, as such light is often too harsh and will burn foliage. A location that gets morning sun or dappled sunlight is generally best. With the first spring watering outdoors, once again apply Pennington Ultragreen Plant Starter with B1 and Lilly Miller All Purpose Planting & Growing Food 10-10-10.
Bringing houseplants indoors for fall and winter is a great way to preserve your favorite plants, enjoy the attractive greenery they bring, and assure that they remain strong to survive the outdoors once again next year.
Total Time Required to Bring Your Houseplants Indoors: 5 days (15 minutes to 2 hours per day, depending on the size of your indoor plant collection and the required task).
Effort: Easy to achieve through simple tasks.
Time breakdown (Depending on the number of plants in your collection):
- Preparing indoor growing area: 15-60 minutes
- Checking plants for pests: 15-30 minutes
- Treat pests/wash houseplants: 1-2 hours
- Move houseplants to facilitate acclimation: 15 minutes per day for five days
- Ongoing maintenance tasks (watering, fertilizing, providing humidity, checking for pests) 15-30 minutes per week
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