The cool nighttime temperatures we’re experiencing in the Cincinnati area probably have you scrambling to bring in houseplants that have been enjoying time on the porch or patio. Here are a few tips to insure the transition from outdoors to indoors is a smooth one.
Give your plants a new home. Use a potting mix that is peat-based and drains well. Changing the growing media can also help get rid of any insect or disease pathogens living in the old potting mix.
Don’t bring in trouble with your plant. Spraying the foliage and stems with insecticidal soap will help kill any insects that are present. Prevent insect problems by sprinkling Systemic Houseplant Insect Control in the soil. This is taken up by the plant and kills any insects ingesting plant parts.
The decreased light levels and temperature changes will cause your houseplants to be less thirsty. The plant will not be using as much moisture indoors. Reduce your watering by at least a third, maybe as much as half as what you’ve been doing outdoors.
Lower Your Expectations
Your houseplants will show signs of stress. The lower light levels, reduced humidity, and temperature changes will cause a reaction in your plants. Expect to see leaves drop. When the plants begin to grow indoors the growth will be slow. The growth will also be sparse, not dense like outdoors. Don’t fertilize right away. Give the plant time to adjust before encouraging new growth.
The above tips will help to ensure a healthy fall seasonal transition for your houseplants. Give us a call here at the garden center if you have any concerns!