We all know that the winter season can be dull and dreary, mostly because everything outside turns brown and dies, the days get shorter, and the temperatures can be brutally cold. One way to bring some cheer indoors would be to bring your outdoor plants inside for the season. Many plants offer multiple benefits; aroma, air filtration, and positive psychological effects of greenery. Benefits of Indoor Plants
Most outdoor plants will survive just fine as houseplants until spring comes around. Many varieties can sustain the move and adapt to the temperature change. A few good examples of plants that are easy to move in are: aloe, coleus, geraniums, impatiens, rosemary, hibiscus, and snake plants. These plants adapt well to being moved and offer a variety of the benefits mentioned above.
TIPS FOR MOVING YOUR OUTDOOR PLANTS INSIDE FOR THE WINTER
-Make sure that you choose the right location with plenty of sunlight. Also, make sure that there is moisture in the air. Many homes prefer to have a humidifier running during these colder, drier months to provide the moisture that is lacking due to the cold, dry air. A little indoor plant maintenance will go a long way.
-Prior to moving plants indoors, check for pests and resolve the issue before moving them in. If you find that pests have settled into your plant, soak the roots in a mixture of dish soap and water to rid it of any unwanted creatures. Spray the foliage with the same mixture and most creatures with exit the plant. This form is safe and non-toxic which is nice if you have kids and/or pets. Otherwise, there are plenty of insecticides that will treat the pest problem.
-If you are moving a potted plant indoors, keep them in a shady spot for a couple weeks before moving them in. Cut them back just a bit, as this will help control their size and encourage new growth that will be better adapted to life indoors. Trim off any dead stems, leaves, or flowers, and trim the plant back as this will help sprout new growth and also control the size of the plant if it is already large or fast growing.
-If you want to move a plant indoors that was growing in the ground, you will need to pot it first. Choose a pot that has drainage holes and fill it with potting mix-not garden soil. Potting soil has extra nutrients and fertilizer that will aid in the transplant, as it will no longer be in the ground collecting these nutrients naturally. Once you have your plants indoors, water them enough so they do not dry out; but they will not need as much as they would if they were outside.
With just a bit of preparation, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits of your plants year round, and surround yourself in the wonderful fragrances and greenery.