You have some beautiful outdoor plants that thrive during the summer. When the cold temperatures of winter come calling, they don’t stand up to the frost in the same way.
That’s when it is time to bring them indoors.
If you want to give those plants the best chances to survive, you’ll want to follow these steps to acclimate them to the upcoming changes.
1. Get Rid of the Pests
Outdoor plants often have spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. If you bring them inside, you’ll have the pests join you for the winter! Treating the leaves and stems with neem oil can help.
2. Repot the Plant
If the plant experienced significant growth during the summer, it might need to be repotted before coming inside. The new container should be at least two inches larger than the current one.
3. Do Some Pruning
Some plants benefit from pruning before the winter months arrive. If yours needs this work done, please remember to take it back by one-third or less.
4. Acclimate the Plant
Once the outside temperatures reach 50°F (10°C), it’s time to start the acclimation process. Most outdoor plants don’t like it when temps dip toward freezing. You’ll need to prepare it for the changes that occur inside to reduce leaf loss, wilting, and shock problems. That’s because the humidity and light exposure changes are significant.
5. Change the Watering
Indoor plants don’t need as much water as outdoor ones. Please remember to wait until the soil is dry to the touch before offering more.
You’ll want to plan for the acclimation process to take between one to weeks to complete.