October 8, 2010

Cool Breeze, Tight Squeeze

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Thanks to some uncommonly cool temperatures in my neck of the woods, I decided to move all the plants from my patio inside for the past few nights so they wouldn’t freeze. Since I am a bit challenged in the window department, I usually have to rearrange the furniture when this time of year rolls around. The current cold snap snuck up on me so I haven’t had a chance to find permanent indoor living spaces for my green babies for the winter. Some of them come to live at my office where they can get more sun.

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I have found a few good tips for transitioning plants that have been outdoors. These have worked for me, but my plants are fairly general…not much specialized care is needed.

  1. Wash foliage with plain water…I try to wipe off the top and bottom of each leaf
  2. Add a little extra (fresh) soil to each plant or repot entirely if it looks like it has outgrown its current container
  3. Check for bugs…adding extra soil seems to help with this issue
  4. Keep a spray bottle handy to mist the plants. The biggest issue of bringing them inside over the winter is the dry air. Keep them a little moist!
  5. Put every plant on a saucer…you can go totally cheap with those clear plastic ones or repurpose odd plates and bowls

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The image above is not mine, but I do have Christmas Cacti like the ones pictured here and I have to say they are the easiest plants I’ve ever grown. I bought two of them for $1 each at a yard sale a couple of years ago. When a piece falls off you can root it in a different pot. I now have about 7 different containers of this lovely plant which will bloom later in the year.

039 {my Christmas cactus right before it bloomed last year}

040 {close-up of a bloom}

I’m sure y’all have greener thumbs than mine…any tips for keeping things alive through the cooler months?

10 comments:

  1. Two things:

    1. You make me feel like the worst plant mom.

    2. I love the word "cacti"

    Happy Friday!!!!

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  2. Thanks for the tips! I brought mine in a few nights ago, but put them out in the sun today. We'll see how they do over the winter and if I can keep them alive!
    Christmas cacti are incredibly pretty! My dad has about 50 of them. Okay, so I exaggerate. But he does have a few!

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  3. I love plants so much but have not been able to grow anything inside due to lack of light. I'm hoping my next house will be full of light! These are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing them. I've got to get a Christmas Cactus sometime. I think they are lovely. Have a great weekend, Candace

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  4. I am about to bring my plants inside as well. I have some trouble keeping my ferns healthy during the winter. Will misting them help?

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  5. Sorry Chickie,, but I have nothing for you on this one. With an indoor kitty, I have just never tried the inside plant, except for the four lima beans in a Styrofoam cup by my sink. Still don't know what to do with those?!?!?!

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  6. We have a bunch of inside plants, and it sounds like you're doing things just right. As long as they have enough sun and water, they should be good. You even gave me a tip with the mist bottle! :)

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  7. Um, I have a brown thumb. No help here. Sorry. The only plants I've had for a long time (and they are dead now) are a schefflera plant and some type of ivy plant. Your plants are gorgeous.

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  8. farmchick: i've heard that some people put their ferns in the shower and completely drench them during the winter. not sure if this is the best method, but i'd say the humidity is the key! misting should work.

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  9. Do you have any tips for black thumbs? HA!

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  10. Oh, thank you for the tips. I know I will find them handy soon! xoxo

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