A SEASON FOR CHANGE

OCTOBER, 2019

 

While windows sills are great for growing during the summer months, the temperature fluctuations are greater during winter… …The solution is bringing the plants away from the window

  • Light 80%
  • Water 70%
  • Soil 50%
  • Love 100%

What does this mean for my beautiful plant collection?

Not to worry… with these simple steps you can succesfully transition your plants for the cooler months of fall and winter.

For plants that were are outside all summer:

Now is the time to bring all of your potted outdoor tropicals inside!

PREP: For this you’ll want to first make sure you have a spot picked out inside where it will enjoy life indoors. For most plants this means a warm sunny location far enough away from drafts, heater vents and dramatically fluctuating temperatures of window sills. While windows sills are great for growing during the summer months, the temperature fluctuations are greater during winter and can shock our plants. The solution: bring the plants away from the window a few inches to a foot.

Visual Inspection: Let’s begin the transition by first checking our plants that have been enjoying the warm summer months outdoors by doing a visual inspection of the soil and overall health of the plant.

Selective Pruning: Carefully prune away any dead leaves or stems with a sharp, clean pair of shears or pruning tools.

Check for Signs of Pests: Check around the nodes and the under-sides of leaves for tiny pests. Also check the soil for insects. Remove about 1″ of top soil and replace it with fresh soil before bringing plants indoors. For plants with pests… spray your plants with Neem Oil or other “eco friendly” treatment at least one day to a week before bringing the plant inside so we don’t bring those critters in to our homes – the last thing we want is for pests to populate in our homes or spread the rest of the plants in our collection.

Bath Time: Once we’ve made sure our babies are pest free, its time to wash off the whole plant, planter and under sides of the pot. I like to spray the whole plant and pot with a gentle hose sprayer to rinse and clean the entire plant. Then set your plant in a warm & shady spot to drip dry. Once your plant is all dry, bring it inside!

Whenever you move plants indoors, remember to monitor it for about a week to see how it’s adjusting to the new location.

Ease the Transition: Try to repeat similar light conditions if possible – for instance if your plant was thriving under your awning porch and received morning sun – place it inside your home where it will receive morning light. The better we do recreating conditions the faster the plant will adapt! If a few leaves yellow or fall of don’t be too alarmed… the plant may drop a few leaves as it is adjusting to the lower light conditions of fall.

Humidity Levels: With the heaters on indoors throughout fall and winter the air inside your home may become drier than ideal for your tropical plants. To compensate for this create a daily misting routine coupled with a humidifier during the winter months to keep the humidity levels up for your plants.

Here’s a link to my video on keeping the humidity level up in your home.

Winter Watering: Plants will normally begin to grow slower inside during the fall and winter so we’ll have to adjust our watering and feeding care as well. Stop fertilizing and reduce watering through the cold season. For example: If you were watering a particular plant once a week, we can now back it off to every other week. A simple chopstick moisture test will work to tell you how your plant is adjusting to the new watering schedule.

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Bamboo Watering Gauge

1. Poke a bamboo gauge into the soil down to the bottom of the planter. It is good to go all the way to the bottom of the pot, this way you can check for trapped moisture.

2. Remove the gauge from the planter. Notice the soil on the gauge. Is it moist? Is there no soil at all… These are signs you are looking for.

3. Mostly dry means more frequent watering is needed. All plants have different needs. Be sure to check each plant individually. 

4. Mostly wet means your plant is getting too much water. Familiarizing yourself with your plants will lead to happier healthier plants!

5. Adjust as needed With this method you can accurately gauge watering frequencies and amounts.

Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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