Thinking of moving your houseplants outside this summer? You can create a lush oasis by moving some of your indoor plants outside during the warmer months. However, your plants will need to gradually adjust to their new environment and choosing the right location outside is key! Read below to learn more about moving your favorite houseplants outdoors this summer.
TIP 1: Wait for warmer temperatures
Once outdoor temperatures stay consistently above 50 – 55° F, it is safe to move your plants outside. If temperatures fall below 50° F, bring your plants inside for the night and bring them back out when temperatures rise again.
Tip 2: Take it slow
Even sun-loving plants can develop a sunburn if not transitioned properly. Ideally, bring your plants outside for a couple of hours in the morning and steadily increase the amount of time over the course of 7 – 10 days. When bringing plants outdoors for the first time, find a shady spot that can offer diffused light, direct sunlight can lead to scorched leaves and an unhappy plant. Orchids, bromeliads and air plants can all be hung from tree branches for shade while also creating a dramatic effect in the garden.
Tip 3: Protect plants from the wind and heavy rain
Your houseplants have lived a sheltered life and are not hardened enough to handle windy conditions so provide a sheltered area where they won’t be battered by the wind.
Tip 4: Adjust your watering schedule to accommodate the weather
Plants will often dry out quicker outdoors. Conversely, if it rains you will need to water less. So check the weather and the soil and adjust your watering as needed.
Tip 5: Think about Plant Nutrition
Too much rain can leach nutrients from the soil. Replenish nutrients using Espoma Organic Indoor Houseplant Food.
Tip 6: Check for pests
Regularly check for pests. Aphids, slugs, snails and caterpillars are common outdoor pests that might find your beloved houseplant extra tasty.