Back Inside Vacation’s Over! Garden Sense

English: Potted House plants.

English: Potted House plants. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bring Your houseplants in From Their Summer Vacation.

September signals fall in many parts of the country. For those of us living in zone 6 or colder, cooler nights and shorter days means its time to bring in our houseplants , annuals and herbs before the first hard frost.
Keep in mind that most houseplants are considered tropicals and don’t do well when temperatures dip below 50° F.
Here ‘s a quick list to check off before bringing plants inside:

  • Remove any dead leaves and injured parts that might develop disease.
  • Thoroughly rinse off leaves, stems and pots. Leach individual plants to remove any fertilizer salt build-up.
  • Check for insects, scat (insect poop ) and eggs under leaves, along stems and between nodes. Disturb the top ½ inch of soil and look for movement.
  • Isolate and treat any minor infestation. Keep a check on the plant over the next few weeks for signs of recurrence.
  • Check to see if its time to repot. Transplant overgrown or rootbound plants and keep out of direct sunlight for a few days.
  • Annuals like begonias and tender herbs like parsley, chives and rosemary can be potted and brought inside. Use the same checklist you used for your houseplants.
  • If in doubt if a plant is too infested or diseased to treat, think twice about bringing it inside. Unfortunately sometimes the risk to your healthy plants may make you have to sacrifice a plant.
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