Bringing Your Houseplants Back Indoors: Bringing plants indoors

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Bringing Your Houseplants Back Indoors

By goldfinch4
September 29, 2012

It’s that time of year when we’ll want to start bringing our houseplants back indoors for the winter. Most houseplants are tropical plants and will experience damage at temperatures below 40 - 50 degrees F. Before you bring them in there are a few things you can do that will help in the long run.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 28, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Chris, this is such a great time for me to read this article. Thank you for the reminder to get busy preparing my plants for the move indoors.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 29, 2012 4:10 AM CST
Thank You Chris - I imagine y'all are getting cold up that way. It will be here too, before we know it!
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rocklady
Sep 29, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Great article Chris Thumbs up Also it is a good idea to put new plants you bring into the house into "quarantine" so that you won't infect your other houseplants.
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Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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paulgrow
Sep 29, 2012 9:56 AM CST
I've found that fungus gnats lay eggs in the soil that you can't see.
Bonide make an houseplant insect control that is very effective in controlling these.I use it a week or 10 days before bring the plants indoors.

If you don't you're liable to be infested a couple of weeks after bringing your plants indoors.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 29, 2012 12:51 PM CST
Paul, is that the name it goes by at the store?
Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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paulgrow
Sep 29, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Its Bonide Houseplant Insect Control
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Sep 29, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Yes, it's getting cold up here already. In fact, about a week ago we had snow!!! It didn't stick, but it's about a month earlier than usual. Thumbs down
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 29, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Thank you for the info Paul.

Wow Chris, snow already? We are still in the 80's daytime and high 40's to 50's night time. We are in the midst of a record breaking drought, the worst in recorded history for us.
July 1st to the end of Sept. we would normally have 3.30" of rain, we only got .25". It is very dry and the fires won't be totally under control until we start getting fall rain.

Now to go find some Bonide Houseplant Insect Control
Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Sep 29, 2012 11:20 PM CST
yes... the soil knat eggs hatch out.. to these larve...I kill them at that stage with some BT... a naturally occouring killer of larvie. making them sick and unable to eat.. it's the active part of mosquito dunks.. and safer caterpillar killer.. I'd been disolving the dunks.. but the caterpillar killer is so much easier... but the dunks have the advantage in that the flecks of the dunk.. slowly release the BT over time.. so you get a tiny boost of it with each watering.. but application is uneaven.. the flecks often get in some pots more than in others... and it's natural
Name: Sharon K. Winter
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WormslovUsharon
Sep 30, 2012 11:48 AM CST
I am getting ready to put all my zone pushing tropicals in my garage garden in about a month. Thanks for the heads up. We have had a terrible time this year with some kind of worm, can never find it, that is making lace out of the leaves. I am getting ready to hit everything with BT so I will just do the same with the tropicals I move inside the garage garden.

Thanks for the article. We need reminders like that. We are still in upper 90s but in the desert, when your temperatures move downward, they move quickly. I am so curious about this up and coming winter because last year we really did not have winter here. Thanks everyone for the ideas on different products.

Believe it or not, Las Vegas got your rain. 3.25 inches in September. More than we normally get in a year.
If it is not going to affect you five years from now, do not let it get you down.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 30, 2012 5:18 PM CST
Wow, Sharon that is a lot of rain for your area. We are still not expecting any for at least the next 2 weeks, which takes us to the middle of Oct. I would love to see a little rain right now. So would my yard.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Oct 1, 2012 12:35 AM CST
Lynn, haven't had any more snow since (whew!) but the temps are 10-15 degrees cooler than normal now, rather welcome after our scorching summer. I hope the fires aren't any where near you.

Thanks Paul and Gordon for your suggestions! Thumbs up

Sharon, that is a bunch of rain for you. If you find out what that worm is I'd be curious to know. Good luck!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 1, 2012 8:54 AM CST
The fires aren't close by, but our air has been filled with the smoke from Oregon and Washington fires. I haven't been able to spend much time outdoors because of it.
Yesterday (Sunday) was much better. She be better today also.

Sharon, since they are feeding on the leaves, I wonder if one of the systemic drenches would work?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 2, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Thanks for this reminder and tips..will have to face it soon with some of my plants.

Ah we are still in smoldering heat today, right now sitting at 97F heading to 100F ugh Grumbling but they say cool weather will start returning tomorrow! Looking forward to some much needed Fall cool relief! Have not seen any good rain since late April.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 3, 2012 12:46 AM CST
The cuttings I got from you are doing great tarev. I brought them in 2 weeks ago and they seem happy so far.
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BlueFox
Oct 22, 2012 5:31 PM CST
I brought all my tender succulents in (lots of Aloe species, some Echeveria, Pachyphytum, etc) and because I had such a problem with mealy bugs I sprayed everything twice before I brought it indoors with Safers Insecticidal Soap, with the addition of isopropyl alcohol - I figured if it didn't kill the plants, it might kill the bugs - and it seems to have done the trick. I'm determined to keep on top of it this year *Blush*
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Paul told us about the Bonide systemic insecticide. I found it at our local hardware/garden center. I will be giving that a try this year.

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