Repotting Houseplants

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Before bringing your houseplants in from the outside for the winter, be sure to read the following questions and answers to some of our most commonly asked questions:

1. When bringing plants in, is it a good idea to transplant?
A. Check the roots of your plant to see if it has outgrown its pot in summer.  If it is root bound or you observe any abnormalities or insects in the soil, now is the time to repot.

2. I have a ficus that has been in the afternoon sun all summer, what should I do when I bring it back inside?
A. When bringing plants inside that have been in sunny locations, particularly ficus, it is advisable to gradually reduce the lighting until they have acclimated to their indoor lighting situations. Also, start to reduce the watering slightly for plants moving back into lower light areas.

3. Do I continue to fertilize my plants as often as I did when they were outside?
A. Plants do most of their growing during the summer months; therefore most plants do not need liberal feeding programs in the fall and winter. Follow winter instructions on your fertilizer.

4. My house is so dry during the winter. What can I do to help my plants?
A. You might want to try humidity trays. Plants are set on 1 or 2 inch layers of little stones. Excess water from the pots runs through and more is added as needed. This serves as a source of constant humidity. Do not let plants sit in water.

5. What should I do to prevent insects from coming indoors with my plants?
A. It is best to take precautions before bringing your plants indoors. Add Systemic Granules to the soil and spray the leaves with Insect Killing Soap.

6. When should I bring in my houseplants for the winter?
A. In general, when nighttime temperatures fall below 48-50°F. This does not apply to cactus. They can stay outside until temperatures fall to 40°F.

7. Should I prune my plants when I bring them in for the winter?
A. Lightly prune as needed to reshape your plant.