Written by Alex | September 15, 2015 | Newsletter Extras
It’s good to freshen up and prepare your houseplants before you bring them in for the winter. Prune plants if they’re looking a bit leggy or scraggly. You can trim back what you think needs it, but don’t take off any more than one third of the plant.
If plants have outgrown their pot and are root-bound, you can repot them into a slightly larger container, though spring is really the ideal time, before the majority of new growth. If you decide they really need repotting, be sure the container is no more than two inches bigger in diameter so they can adequately absorb all of the water from it, thus avoiding root rot.
The difference of humidity and light between outdoor and indoor climates can sometimes shock plants, causing their foliage to turn yellow. So it’s good practice to gradually acclimate them to indoor conditions by bringing them indoors at night, when outside temps are below 50°, and bringing them back out in the morning. This is done every night for a few days, then gradually increasing their time indoors over the course of two weeks until they are indoors full time.
Remember that plants need less water when indoors since they are growing less. It’s good to clean the windows to maximum the sunlight that reaches the plant so they can continue to stay healthy and thrive.