How to bring your plants into your sunroom or solarium for winter months
So, as it turns out, there is a right way and a wrong way to move your container gardens around, especially if it gets really cold in the winter where you live. Who knew? In this article you will find some good tips to guide you in your quest for a beautiful, successful, indoors-outdoors container garden.
Invite Your Potted Plant Friends Inside for the Winter
Plants, like people, prefer a little time to adjust to big transitions in their lives. A drastic change in their living environment is one of the top items on their stress list, just as it is on ours. In order for them to make it through the winter, however, your outdoor potted plants must be moved to a climate-controlled indoor environment, one that lets the light in without admitting the freezing cold.
A sunroom or solarium is the perfect place for your container garden friends to live out the winter months. It provides light and air circulation similar to a balmy day out of doors, along with indoor protection.
How to Transition an Outdoor Container Garden into an Indoor Environment
- Choosing the winter residence: It’s important to consider the needs of each plant you plan to bring indoors for the winter. Certain plants, such as herbs, require abundant sun inside, even more sun than they had outside. Some plants, such as cacti, would rather pass the winter in a cool, well-ventilated indoor spot, unlike the hot, dry area you might assume would be perfect for them.
- Rid the plants of insects: Before you move the plants anywhere, use water mixed with a bit of natural soap to spray down their leaves, and then wipe it off with a cloth, so you won’t be bringing insects into your home.
- Give them a week-long transition: Plants are sensitive. Let them know your intentions by moving them into an outdoor area that is less exposed to winds and weather, such as an enclosed patio. Leave them there for three days at the first signs of winter, and then start taking them into their cozy winter home inside your sunroom. Let them stay in the sunroom during the nights, taking them back to their temporary shelter outdoors during the days, for a total of four days.
- Moving day: After their week of getting used to the idea that they are going to be inside for the winter, your container garden plants will be ready for moving day. You have already decided which nook and cranny is best for each plant, so simply open your doors and bring them in for the duration.
- Outdoor-indoor plant care: Some of your new indoor companions will want more water than they got outside, some will only want the occasional spritz, and some, like bears, will want to hibernate. Your best bet for successfully bringing in container plants for the winter is to research each plant’s watering requirements for their cushy new, plant-friendly sunroom environment.
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