Give your houseplants a summer vacation outdoors!
During the summer, you can improve the health and appearance of your houseplants by moving them outside.
Most indoor plants thrive in outdoor conditions, but the transition can be tricky. When you take a plant from its indoor environment and place it in the outside elements all at once, the plant can easily become stressed as a result of shock.
To successfully bring your indoor plants outdoors for summer, be sure to take these key factors into considerations:
Sun & Light
Light is one of the biggest factors contributing to plant shock. The intensity of sunlight outdoors is far greater than that found indoors. Although most houseplants require sufficient amounts of light, it’s difficult for them to adjust from one extreme to another without taking proper steps beforehand.
In order to make this transition more successful and less stressful, don’t place your houseplants in direct sunlight right away. Instead, seek out a nicely shaded area and allow your plants to take in the fresh air for a few hours each day. Then, gradually move them to an area allowing a little sunshine and slowly increase their time outdoors. After a couple weeks, your houseplants should be good and settled in to their new summer vacation home.
Wind & Weather
Weather is another factor that can adversely affect houseplants that have been moved outdoors. For instance, wind can easily dry plants out, or if strong enough, knock them over. To prevent any problems associated with wind, place your houseplants in a well-protected area.
Outside temperatures can vary greatly from indoors as well. Since the majority of houseplants originate from tropical-like regions, they cannot tolerate anything below 55 degrees F. Therefore, always bring houseplants indoors whenever cooler temperatures or threatening weather is imminent.
Food & Water
Once your houseplants have been fully acclimated outdoors, houseplants will be using more water and nutrients. This means you’ll have to increase their watering and feeding intervals.
Feed your plants by simply spraying H-G Plant-Food on plant foliage and soil media every 7-14 days. H-G Plant Food has the nutrients your plants need to thrive.
With care, patience, and H-G Plant Food, your houseplants will be well on their way to:
- Increased yield
- Improved quality
- Improved mass
- Healthier soil
- Increased nutrient content
- Increased flowering
- Reduced stress
Of course, with the onset of winter, you’ll have to acclimate your plants back indoors. But your houseplants enjoy the fresh, warm summer air and thank you for it with healthy, vigorous growth and beautiful blooms.