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How to Move Plants Indoors for the Winter


Wintertime is right around the corner, and while it screams happiness and holidays for some, it might not be the case for others. And by ‘others,’ I mean your plants as it means that the sun, heat, and humidity that they love so dearly are leaving for the holidays, too! How should we deal with our plants during winter? Well, you are on the right because we will be sharing with you the tips for you to properly move plants indoors for winter.

The first thing you have to do is to move your outdoor plants indoors. Yes, you heard me right. You should take this necessary step unless you want to watch your plants wilt and freeze during this cold season. That’s what we’ll be talking about today. You will learn several helpful tips to move plants indoors for winter and the preparations you have to do before doing so, and the care you have to give to your beloved plants while they share a house with you during the season. Shall we proceed?



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How to Prepare Your Plants for a Winter Move-In


I wouldn’t consider moving your plants indoors for the winter a difficult task. If anything, the job is even as easy as pie! However, moving your plants indoors shouldn’t be done rashly and without preparation.

Thus, here are some things you should do before officially letting your plants in. It’s crucial that you take these steps to help make your plants at home and comfortable for the cold season to come.


Monitor The Temperature Levels at Night


Sometimes, it’s all about timing! Of course, you don’t want to move your plants indoors too early or too late as both mistakes can significantly affect the conditions of your dear plant children. Thus, as soon as you feel the heat slipping away, start monitoring the temperatures, preferably at night.

You have to watch out for the 45-degree (Fahrenheit) temperature. That level of cold is okay for most plants, but be careful not to leave them outside before the cold reaches temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you fail to do so, you will immediately see effects on the leaves of your plants.


Inspect Your Plants for Pests


Indeed, you don’t want pests taking up space in your plants and your home. So, this is a crucial step for you and your plants as well. Before you move them indoors, check for pests all over the surface area of your plants, including even the back of the leaves, the stems, the pots, and the soil. 

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, we’ll give you a hint. Typically, your outdoor plants could have spider mites, scales, aphids, or ants leeching off of their nutrients. Keep a close eye on any of these pests because you don’t want to invite them for the holidays, too!


Give Your Plants a Chance to Acclimate Before Entirely Moving Indoors


Remember to treat your plants as you would treat yourself before winter comes. Just like you, they need to prepare for the changes this season will bring, too. Before bringing them indoors, place them in a spot where there’s not much light and sun for some weeks to help them get used to the lack of sunlight gradually.

If, at this point, you’re confused as to how long exactly you’re supposed to let your plants sit in a shaded spot, go back to the first tip under this section. Remember, it’s all about timing. Wink!


Trim Your Plants if Needed


Take this time to check how your plants are doing. Are they in need of a bit of a haircut? Then, go ahead and give them a little trim, as needed.

It’s great if you could remove any dead leaves so that they won’t fall out once they’re inside your house. Save yourself the trouble of tidying up dead leaves indoors by putting them away even before you take your plants inside.


Now, you’re ready to start breaking some sweat by finally moving your plants indoors in time for winter. If you have a sunroom made especially for this reason, then that’s fantastic! However, if that’s not something you readily have, you can always place them wherever you can.


How to Care for Plants Indoors After Moving Them Indoors for the Winter


The job doesn’t end in moving your plants indoors. You have to pamper them with some aftercare, too. Now, be reminded that caring for your plants indoors in the winter is not the same as you would in the summertime.

Read my tips carefully to avoid making the mistake of accidentally neglecting your plants’ needs.


Go Easy with Watering


During the winter, make sure you don’t overwater them. It would help to water them less now than you usually would. As long as the soil is not completely dried out, your plants will be okay.

This is because plants don’t grow at the same regular rate during the winter. During the cold season, most plants are in their dormant period, where they function less than usual to save their energy to survive the winter season. Thank this dormancy period, as it is why you have a perfectly living plant in the spring!

But in case you have to leave town for the winter holidays, you can bypass this tip. As much as we don’t want to overwater the plants, we also don’t want to dehydrate them.


Give Your Plants a Break from Fertilizers


The reason behind this is similar to why we don’t water our plants much in winter. Your plants don’t need to be fertilized during the winter, so you can just wait for the spring season to do so. However, you can dilute your fertilizer in water in a 50:50 ratio before adding it to the pot under extreme circumstances.


Place Them in a Bright Area in the House


Your plants need sunlight, after all. The ideal place to put them during winter is by the windows or any spot where sunlight comes in. 

If you’re placing them near the window, remember not to leave any opening where the breeze can enter to avoid freezing the leaves of your plants. At night, though, it’s better to put them away because the air near the windows can destroy your plants overnight. 

LED grow lights will be your best friend for those of you who live in places where little to no sunlight can be seen. Place them over your plants to help them get nutrients and grow during these freezing times. Red and blue (or purple) lights are ideal for plants to encourage photosynthesis and growth.


Make Sure you Provide them with their Much-needed Humidity


Plants don’t need much water during the winter season, but they sure need some moisture and humidity. The dry air that winter brings can be extremely detrimental to the health of your plants. There are three things you can do to provide humidity for your plants during the winter.

First, use a humidifier at home. Aside from the positive effects, this thing can bring you, it can also be helpful for your plants. Humidifiers will provide some moisture in the air inside your home, which your plants will indeed thank you for.

If you don’t have a humidifier at home and can’t be bothered to get one, you can simply mist the leaves of your plants every day to avoid drying them out. All you need is a spray bottle and some water to do this trick.

Lastly, treat your plants to a good old humidity tray. Get a sturdy tray, and make sure it fits your pots because you will place the pots right on that tray. Throw in some pebbles on the tray, fill it with enough water to soak the pebbles to the top, and leave it there to evaporate and humidify your plants.


Avoid Repotting during the Winter Season unless it’s vital for your Plants’ Survival


As I’ve mentioned before, wintertime is crucial for your plants because it is their dormancy period. Their growth is slowed significantly, leaving them more sensitive than usual. Thus, avoid repotting your plants during the winter season when situations don’t call for it.

The reason is that repotting can be harsh for plants. It would be difficult for them to recover from the shock of being transferred to a different pot during their dormancy period. Unless your plant’s root system has wholly outgrown the pot or the soil is thoroughly deteriorated, you probably don’t need to repot the plant.


Clean their Leaves every Once in a While


Don’t let the leaves of your plants become dusty! Dust can majorly affect your plants, giving them plant diseases and impairing their ability to soak up what little sunlight they can get. Thus, make sure you inspect your plants every once and give them a little wipe when you see the dust on their surface.


Watch out for Pests during this time, too


Just because you’ve checked for pests before moving your plants indoors, it doesn’t mean these parasites can’t find their way in! Occasionally monitor your plants, soil, and pots for any insects or pests that make it harder for your plants to survive. Your plants will love you for it!



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