Gardening

Time to Bring Your Houseplants Back In

20170904A.jpgAny houseplant that summers outdoors necessarily has to come back indoors again in the fall. But when?

Be aware that many tropical plants adapt to the cool nights and high humidity of fall without much trouble, but when you suddenly bring them back indoors to a vastly different environment, the hot, dry air created by heating our homes (the situation in October and November), they’re in for a major shock. Often leaves start to turn yellow and drop off.

That’s why it’s best to bring tropical plants back indoors very early, in early September or even at the end of August, when the humidity and the temperature outside and inside are pretty much equal. That makes for a smooth transition, with no shock or leaf loss.

Of course, you won’t want to bring insects back in with the plants. To learn how to control them, read Bring Your Houseplants Indoors Without the Bugs.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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