What To Bring Indoors Now

This Christmas Cactus needs cool temperatures to insure bud set.

This Christmas cactus needs cool temperatures to insure bud set.

With the night temperatures falling below 40 degrees occasionally, it’s time to take a look at your cold tender plants. Many of my tropical plants on my porch and patio need to be brought indoors now. But, before doing that, I do several things that hopefully reduce the chance of disease and shock from the change in the amount of light they were receiving outdoors. First, I spray the leaves with water hard enough to remove any dirt, dust, and crawling insects. Once they dry, I move them to their winter place indoors, hopefully with a similar light situation as they were outdoors. Just remember to expect leaf yellowing and leaf drop until they adjust to their new location and new environment. I leave Christmas cactus and orchids on the back porch until a freezing night is predicted, as I want to make sure they will have enough cold to bloom at the proper time. Also remember watering plants that are brought indoors is very different from outdoors. It is easy to overwater, so be sure and stick your finger in each indoor plant’s soil to see if they need a drink. Once you get an idea of how often you should water them, then you can put them on a regular schedule.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “What To Bring Indoors Now

  1. Mr Floyd,
    What is the best time to trim camellia bushes? I know not now as they at FULL of buds. But ours are out of control.

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