How to prepare houseplants for cold temperatures
Everyone in Southeast Texas is enjoying the best weather we’ve seen in months – which is a gift indeed! Our weather has ranged from exceptional daytime heat to exceptionally mild days and downright cold nights. We can finally turn off the air conditioning, open our windows, and fully enjoy outdoor activities for the next several months. We’ve been getting a taste of fall weather over the past week with so much more ahead of us. Gardeners, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start moving your favorite plants and houseplants to protected locations or bringing them back indoors. Of course, there are a few steps in the transportation process to ensure plant injuries are minimized.
If you’re like me and haven’t started yet, now is a good time to think about placing several temperature-sensitive ornamental plants spread outside on balconies, patios, and decks and distributing them around the yard during the warmer months. It’s time to prepare for the cold temperatures, before we receive the initial cold spell of winter. Thoughtful preparation saves time and reduces frustration. Another option is to procrastinate and wait until the last possible moment before moving plants. But from experience, working outdoors during cold weather is not a fun experience, nor is trying to decide where to put a bunch of plants at the last minute!