10 plants you can season indoors

10 plants you can season indoors

Use these winter strategies to keep landscape plants cold so they can bloom again next year.

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Why do we throw away healthy plants?

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Many gardeners place their houseplants outside for the summer and enjoy them indoors for the rest of the year. So why not try a similar strategy – and save a little money while you do it – by bringing your favorite cool-season plants indoors when the temperature drops so they’ll be ready to shine again when summer comes?

Before you bring your outdoor plants in for the winter, you’ll need to do some preparation. Start by checking them for pests and treating them if necessary. Repot the plant if it needs it, and reduce (or eliminate) fertilizing. Some plants can simply be brought indoors as houseplants, others should be forced into a dormant state for a few months of cold storage, and others are still best preserved by root cuttings. Read on to learn about 10 popular cold hardy plants that you can bring inside every winter and then continue to enjoy outside for the next several summers.

Palm of the hand

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While some palms are hardy in winters farther south, most palms must overwinter indoors. Don’t leave them exposed to freezing weather. When nighttime temperatures drop into the 50s, move the palm to an indoor location that gets plenty of light. Water them regularly to keep the soil moist until spring, and bring them back outside after all danger of frost has passed.

Aloe vera

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Leave cacti and succulents outside as late in the season as possible so that the combination of shorter days and cooler nights stimulates the dormancy response. You will need to keep an eye on the thermometer and know the low temperature threshold for your particular type of cactus. Some species may be able to withstand temperatures of up to 20 degrees, but others cannot. In general, aloe vera does best in a cool, even unheated, bright location with minimal water. Move them back outside in early spring.

citrus fruits

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Citrus trees grow and flower actively, and the fruits may also ripen in winter. Carefully move them to a brightly lit room, where the ideal temperature is between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, before freezing weather arrives. Citrus plants are sensitive to the effects of dry air, so it is best to place them away from heat vents and cold drafts. Provide additional moisture with a pebble tray or regular misting.

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Tropical hibiscus

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Move tropical hibiscus plants indoors when nighttime temperatures reach the low 50s. Place it in a brightly lit room and treat it like a regular houseplant. Keep the soil moist but not saturated, and feed it regularly. Try to avoid heat vents and cold drafts, and place the plants on a pebbled tray to boost ambient humidity, if necessary. Prune tropical hibiscus three times during late fall and winter (October, December and February) to maintain shape.

Related: Best Fertilizers for Hibiscus Plants

Jasmine

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Prune jasmine vines by at least 25 percent before bringing them in for the winter. Doing this will save space in your home and reduce the energy the plant expends to maintain itself. Be careful: the leaves will probably fall off, perhaps all of them, but new leaves will grow back over time. Bring your jasmine into a sunny room before cold weather arrives, and keep it away from air vents and dry drafts. Use a pebble tray to increase the humidity to about 30 percent.

Elephant ears

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When cold weather approaches and the foliage dies back, carefully dig up the elephant ear tuber. Remove any remaining foliage, then gently rinse off excess dirt. Place the tuber in a warm, dark place with good air circulation to dry for a few days. Wrap the bulbs in paper and store them in a cool, dry place. Check them periodically for rot (discard rotten ones) and insect damage (treat with insecticide).

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Boston fern

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It is technically possible to bring Boston ferns indoors and keep them over the winter in their active state, but it gets messy very quickly. Instead, let them go to sleep. Place it in a cool, dark place that won’t freeze — for example, an unheated basement or garage — and moisten the soil monthly until spring.

geranium

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Geraniums are another plant that likes to sleep away in the winter. Dig the plants out of the ground before the first freeze and gently remove the soil from the roots. Leave the plants to dry in a cool, shady place for a few days. Place the plants upside down in a paper bag and close the top. Store it in a cool, dark place with a temperature between 55 and 60 degrees. Cut stock geraniums about two months before the last frost date and plant them in moist potting soil with two leaf nodes below the soil line.

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Angel trumpet

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Bring potted angel trumpets into a cool, dark area when cold weather approaches. The leaves will fall and the plant will go dormant. Keep the soil slightly moist until spring, then move the plant back outside after all danger of frost has passed. To move ground-grown plants indoors, dig them up and pot them, or you can cut them to the ground in the fall to make rooted cuttings to plant next spring.

banana

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despite of Moses Basjo, Moses LasiocarpaOther banana trees are cold hardy, and most will not tolerate extended freezing temperatures. Potted banana plants can be brought indoors to a bright, sunny room to spend the winter in a state of sluggish activity. Or you can help them sleep through the winter: When the weather cools, gradually reduce watering. Then, before freezing, cut the plant to a height of 6 inches and move it to a dark, cool place. Keep the soil slightly moist until the weather warms in the spring.

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