Moving Houseplants Outdoors - Knowledgebase Question

Bowling Green, KY
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Question by PWILL30875
March 25, 2000
With the weather changing how soon should I put my house plants out for the spring and summer? They are bromeliad, yucca, ficus. They are all in rather large pots as I only transplant them once every 2 years. Also, what kind of plant would grow in a dim lit corner in my apartment?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2000
I'd move the houseplants outdoors as soon as the outdoor temperatures are about the same as the plants have experienced indoors. I take my plants out when nighttime temperatures remain above 55F. To begin with, take them out during mild afternoons but bring them back indoors overnight. After about a week of this gradual conditioning you can leave them out overnight (providing the temperature remains above 55F).

Some ferns and palms, as well as Mother-in-Law's tongue will thrive under low-light conditions.

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