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If you live somewhere with all four seasons (but what is a season at this point?), You can take advantage of the warm weather in the spring and summer months and buy outdoor plants that you know won’t make it through winter . These are known as “Cold-tender plants”, and, unlike their “hearty” counterparts, cannot survive freezing temperatures or frost.
But after Mark Wolfe at BobVila.com, there are certain cold-sensitive plants that you can bring inside before the temperature drops and keep there until temperatures rise again. Not only will you gain some new houseplants, but you’ll save the time, money, and effort of replacing those plants over the next year. Here are some plants to consider and what to know about the moving process.
Here’s how to prepare the plants for moving around the house
Bringing outdoor plants indoors for the cold season means more than just picking up a pot outside and bringing it into your home. First, Wolfe recommends inspect the plant for pests – you probably won’t want them to come with the plants.
If the plant needs to be repotted, you can continue the inspection while you are doing this. But as soon as it’s at home in its new pot Wolfe says that it is a good idea to either cut down on fertilization or to stop using it altogether.
“Some plants can simply be brought indoors as houseplants, others should be stored in a cool place for a few months, and still others are best kept alive by rooted cuttings.” he explains. You will need to do a little research (e.g. a quick Google search) to find out what is best for your plant (in case you don’t already know).
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Types of outdoor plants that you can move indoors for the winter
While you are considering different types of plants, here are 10 of them Wolfe says can handle seasonal migration in and out of your home:
- Palm trees
- Citrus fruits
- Tropical hibiscus
- Elephant ears
- Boston ferns
- Angel trumpet
Read Wolfes article for more details on each plant.