Take Houseplants Outside

IMG_5825Every summer I take some of my houseplants outside to set on the gazebo. They love it, and it really helps them get some good growth and energy which helps them over the winter. They’ll enjoy the warm temps, humidity, and brighter light. It’s safe to start setting houseplants outside once low temps are at least 60 degrees or more.

For a lot of houseplants, a mostly shaded, but brightly lit area like a gazebo, front porch, or covered patio area works great. Think a tropical forest setting, where many houseplants come from. If you set your plants out in an area where they get a lot of summer sun, you might scorch the plant, so you either want to adjust it slowly, or keep it in a place like described.

You can try a sunny area, but you’ll want to be careful. First put the houseplant under a shady tree to slowly acclimate them to the sun, then increase how much it gets every few days. Depending on your houseplant, it may not want direct sun, so research your houseplant first.

Always check the requirements of your specific houseplant. I set out my gardenia, tropical ferns, and dracaena marginata plants. Pathos, spider plants, dumb cane, aloe, snake plant, and others would also do well.

When I set them out, I add some compost to the top of the soil, and add organic fertilizer like fish emulsion or a granular like the epsoma brand products. I also spray them off with the hose to get off any dust. It’s also a good time to repot any plants that need it. If it’s roots have outgrown the pot, I get a new one just slightly bigger than the one it’s in. Sometimes I just remove the old soil and replace it with new if the roots aren’t root bound.

Bring them back inside when temps start to get in the low 60s or during potential frost. I spray them off again and check the plant and the soil for any pests. I may repot any at this time I didn’t get to before.

In the white pot in the photo, is a gardenia, which can be hard to keep as a houseplant. It really likes water, humidity, and bright light. Keeping them outside in the summer will help them store up energy to live over winter. You can see that mine isn’t thriving. It also has a case of spider mites that have been difficult to keep in control.

What is the easiest house plant to take care of? Pathos are very easy, tolerates forgetting to water it, and can live in relatively lower light situations. The tall dracaenas in the photo are also very easy to take care of as well.

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