Moving time for outdoor plants

As nighttime temperatures begin to dip from 55 to 60 degrees, it’s time to bring houseplants inside. Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, houseplant guru and author of “Grow in the Dark: How to Choose and Care for Low-Light Houseplants” (Cool Springs Press), suggests moving to a shady spot for a while. days before activity to help them acclimate to low light conditions indoors.

As the heat goes, humidity decreases and plants, except cactus, hate dry heat. Don’t be surprised if the leaves turn yellow and fall off. Your plant is being repaired. So don’t overreact and drink water daily. Some plants prefer the soil to be slightly dry while others like moist soil. But dry soil is a recipe for disaster. Your moisture meter will help you gauge how much water your plants need.

Some indoor plant books recommend misting the plant with water twice a day, but the mist dries quickly and is of little use, and wetting the leaves can promote disease. It is best to place plants on gravel trays filled with water. As the water evaporates, the humidity rises and the humidity around the plants increases.

To make a pebble tray, take a saucer or shallow tray that is larger than the flower pot and fill it with small pebbles. Add water to a depth below the surface of the rocks. Be careful – just sitting the pot in water will lead to root rot. The gravel should not detract from your decor. For a formal look, use a cut glass tray and glass or plastic crystals on Michael or Joan fabrics. The possibilities are endless.

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