The Q&A Archives: Moving Plants Indoors for the Winter

Question: Hi! I have 4 hanging baskets of Wandering Jew on my front porch that have really thrived this spring and summer. But with fall and winter approaching, I know I will need to bring them indoors. Sadly, I've never had a hanging plant last long enough to have to learn what this entails. How do I change the watering schedule and adjust my care for the plants so that they will be just as lovely on my front porch next year? Thanks!

Answer: Congratulations on your developing green thumb! Wandering Jew make terrific houseplants and yours should be happy in moderate to bright light indoors. Making the move from outdoors to in should be gradual and should be done before you turn on your heat for the winter. Start by moving them to a deeply shaded spot outdoors (to get them used to lower light levels.) When nighttime temperatures cool down to about 60F, take them indoors at night but take them back outdoors in the morning. Each time you bring them in, leave them inside for longer and longer periods of time until they are indoors 24 hours a day. The whole process shouldn't take more than a week to 10 days. In the springtime, just reverse the process until they are outdoors 24 hours a day.

Best wishes with your plants!

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