6 Tips for Moving Outdoor Plants In 6 Tips for Moving Outdoor Plants In

For many, autumn frosts signal the end of beautiful blooms and the lush greenery that we enjoy during the spring and summer months. The coming of winter doesn’t mean that you have to lose all of your favorite plants, though. Many plants, from favored annuals to showy tropicals, can easily be moved indoors, where they will survive until the spring thaws. Here are six great tips to help save your outdoor plants, before that first frost hits.

Consider the Location.

Prior to bringing your plants indoors, you will need to ensure you have a suitable place to put them, so that they will enjoy their winter holiday. Most plants that are transferred indoors require full sun and they often need additional humidity. This is due to the fact that the air inside our homes is often drier than the air is outside, and this can cause your plants to wild or brown at the tips. For plants that require high humidity, such as ferns, you may want to hang them in a well-lit, bright bathroom. Other options include misting them regularly or you can take them and give them a cool shower in order to help moisturize a dry plant.

Another important thing that you will have to consider about your location is that many plants can prove toxic to children or pets. For this reason, you will want to ensure that plants are placed well out of reach of animals (cats, particularly, love to chew on plants) and any children. Additionally, if you have babies or toddlers, be wary of any plants housed in square planters with sharp corners - these can prove particularly painful to small children who are just learning to walk. Even smaller plants can pose a risk if left too close to the edge of a table, where a curious baby can reach up and pull it down. Always think ahead when placing your plants.


Placing your plants in a shadier section of your yard, prior to moving them indoors, will assist in their being better able to adjust to the change in lighting and environment that they are about to experience. It's a good idea to keep them in this shady area for a couple of weeks, in order to help them adjust. This means that you will have to plan ahead and be sure to do this before the first frost hits.

Part With Pests.

You won't want to bring your outdoor plant's lovely little pest pals indoors with you, so be sure to check your plants over thoroughly and, if needed, treat them to remove aphids and other creepy crawlies. Spiders and ants, along with other insects, love to make their homes in among the leaves and roots of your plants.

Plan the Potting.

Sometimes the plants that we want to bring indoors have been growing in the ground, rather than easy-to-transfer containers. For this reason, it's important to plan ahead and to know how to properly pot your plants. Ideally, the pot you choose for your plant should have drainage holes in the bottom and a basin at the bottom, in order to store excess water, rather than letting it drip on your floor. You will also want to ensure that your planter is large enough to support your plant's root system for the duration. When you go to fill your planter, be sure to use potting soil, as opposed to garden soil, which can be too fine for drainage pots, and it can also harbor diseases and pests.

Cutting Back.

When you prepare to bring your plants indoors, be sure to cut them back slightly; this will not only help to control the size of your plants, but it will also encourage new growth, which is better able to adjust to the new life, indoors. In the spring, this same process may be repeated before you transfer the plant outside, to help it better adjust to outdoor weather once more.

Dining In vs. Dining Out.

Plants that are brought indoors do not require fertilizer during their stay. Instead, water them deeply, but infrequently. Remember that the late fall and winter are not the growing season and that most plants are at rest during this time. Your house is their holiday resort, so don't be surprised if your plants relax and lounge it up, not flowering again until their usual time of year.

Different people have different degrees of success with bringing inside various plants. Some will do exceptionally well, while others will long for the outdoors. Here are some examples of plants that are usually fairly easy to transfer, back and forth, from indoors and outdoors:

1. Ferns
2. Needlepoint Ivy
3. Dwarf citrus trees
4. Aloe
5. Golden dewdrop
6. Bougainvillea
7. Amaryllis
8. Mandeville
9. Angel’s Trumpets
10. Coleus
11. Hibiscus
12. Passionflower
13. Snake plant
14. Calamondin
15. Sago Palm
16. Weeping fig
17. Cacti
18. Impatiens
19. Devil’s Ivy
20. Begonia

Winter doesn't have to mean the end of your plants. Try moving them inside. Not only will it save your plants from the bitter temperatures and extend their lives, it will also brighten up your winter home with a little taste of the oncoming spring.

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