Every fall I always struggle with what type of winter plant care I should do before I bring my plants in the house for the long winter ahead. When do I start getting my plants ready to come in for winter? What plan should I follow to make sure I will have healthy plants all winter? What should I do for them while they are inside over the winter? This is going to be the questions I will answer today.
I have a lot of house plants that live outside during the spring and summer on my porches and in baskets all around my yard. I bring them in for the winter because here in Kentucky it gets well below freezing and a lot of my favorite plants can’t survive in temperatures that cold.
Today I would like to focus on what we need to do to help our flowers that have been enjoying being outside all summer transition to living in the house with artificial heat over the winter.
Winter Plant Care 101
1. Clean out all the dead leaves that have accumulated in the top of your plants pot.
2. Take a couple of teaspoons full of diatomaceous earth, how much depends on the size of your plant and sprinkle lightly over the soil in your plant. This will keep bugs and nats from taking up residence over the winter. There is nothing worst than a house full of nats!
3. When you water be sure to water with ice cubes. You want to water slowly while your plants are in the house, this is their dormant time of the year. You don’t want them to start growing over the winter they will get very long and leggy and not attractive at all.
4. Place them in a spot in your home away from direct heat vents.