outdoors to indoor transition - Knowledgebase Question

Oak Lawn, IL
Question by augold
September 12, 2007
I put a leaved plant (a dish garden type leaved plant-big leaves) outdoors this summer for the humidity. It became scarce through the fall/winter because of dryness. It is not my plant and it was plentiful and full when it came to my house in October. How do I transition this plant indoors without shocking it? It had gotten a huge amount of sunlight and humidity outdoors. I will try to provide more humidity and pick a sunnier area with the shortened amount.of daylight it will get this fall. It just started become full again and I don't want to stunt or halt it's growth or cause it to die and become scarce again. It's my brothers plant. Help me.

Answer from NGA
September 12, 2007


You'll want to make the change gradually. Start by moving it into a shadier spot so it will eventually adjust to lower light levels such as it will find in your home. After a week or so, begin taking it indoors at dusk and outdoors in the morning. Your goal is to keep it inside for a few hours longer each day so that it is eventually indoors 24 hours a day. Inside, give it as much bright light as possible. You might even consider using supplemental lighting such as a gro-light. While it is inside, mist it everyday, or set the pot on a gravel lined tray in which you keep a half inch of water. As the water evaporates it will increase humidity around the plant.

Best wishes with your dish garden!

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