Everyone who has ever keep indoorpotted houseplants knows that many times they will attract bugs and it can become an constant battle. So much so that you just want to toss them out and start over every Spring. We'll here are a few tips that make the process of keeping your potted houseplants bug free from season to season.
Potted houseplant go into a dormancy period during Winter which means during this time they are more likely to pick up a pest. They are weaker and more vulnerable. So use caution during this time of year and be extra aware.
We recommend starting with clean flowerpots and new potting soil. Don't skimp on this initial stage it can make a big difference on your success later. Make sure your plants didn't bring home any bugs from the nursery or landscape center where purchased. Look on the underside of all leaves.
Make sure to keep checking them occasionally so you can catch any issues early. If you do find an issue, then isolate the pot for a week or so till you make sure it's deal with. If you do find a pest issue then there are many things you can do from rinsing them off and then washing the leaves to purchasing a product at your local nursery and landscape center. The main thing to take away from this is to catch any issues early.
Having lush potted houseplants indoors especially during the Winter months is easy to do if you apply a few of the suggestions above.
As the days stay dark longer and the wind blows colder outside, it's time to take stock of what is happening inside. Do you need some life or color indoors? How about warming up the place with some life?
Now is the time we suggest focusing on your houseplants & indoor gardening needs. Below are some suggestions for easy to grow indoor plants that will add everything that is currently missing.
You may remember this houseplant because it's been around for years and is still very popular. Spider Plant - with it's legs shooting up and out and thin petals. They come in different varieties from dark green to light with cream or white stripes.
They are great for planting in a bright colorful flowerpot or hanging in an empty corner of a room where some color & life is needed. Super easy to care for this one is a good one to pot up inside with great success. We love the brightly colored high gloss planter. Its boldness compliments the plants muted colors.
Have you ever heard of the houseplant Peperomia? Well we hadn't till we saw this on the Better Homes & Garden Website. They are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Red edge (pictured) has a narrow band of read surrounding a wide creamy leaf margins.
This potted houseplant is colorful, waxy leaves add color and they don't take up much room. Not good around dogs or cats because it's poisonous. We love this houseplant in a brightly colored pot where the top has a large opening so the broad leaves can burst out.
Probably our favorite suggestion for a potted indoor plant is this English Ivy. Commonly grown outdoors and used as ground cover this plant makes a perfect houseplant. Set it up high on a mantle where it's stems can trail down or train the stems onto a topiary form to create a more formal, English style effect. It's really easy to use cuttings off of.
Snip a 5" long piece of the stem, remove the bottom leaves and pot it up in moist soil. Keep it moist and in a couple of weeks it should root. AWESOME! PottingEnglish Ivy up for indoors is fun and creative. Using a garden urn like the photo is really unique and lovely. But, ivy grows great in most pots, just be sure to place the planters where the ivy can trail.
Green Dracaena - offer solid green leaves or multi colored foliage. All form compact rosettes when young but will eventually open up and become lovely. They tolerate low light but produce better color in medium to bright light. These look fantastic in brightly colored garden planters or pots with a pattern on them.
Many gardeners know that heartbreaking feeling that comes when the cooler weather approaches. They feel the must say good-bye to the lush potted plants that they nurtured all spring and summer. But, we want you to know that you can move many of them, still in their pots, indoors with good success. Turning a annual potted plant into a houseplant is not that difficult if you follow a few easy steps.
The first thing to consider when your are ready to make the move, is where you are moving the potted plant to. Typically most plants need as much sunlight as possible since the season has more dark than light hours. Find a window where they will get the most sunlight. If you have a enclosed patio or sun room they are ideal.
Make sure they aren't located on a heat vent. Since indoor air tends to be drying, it's best to find a location farthest from the heat source. You will also need to water the soil more than it when it was located outdoors. If it is possible, turn down the thermostat a degree or two to help keep the air cooler. You don't want to burn up a lush plant because of lack of moisture in the potted soil.
Check the soil in the planter and undersides of the leaves for pests. The last thing you want to do is move in a family of bugs. If you are really worried about this issue you can set the pots up in the garage and then spray them for pest. It never hurts to error on the side of caution!
If the plant you want to try to save, by moving it indoors, is planted in the soil you will need to purchase a planter to re-pot it in before you dig it up. We have many sizes and styles available that will all work great indoors. Just make sure you have a sealed saucer so that you won't damage the surface you place the pot on. Remember to use potting soil not garden soil. Garden soil doesn't have the right mix of mulch etc to keep a potted plant healthy.
Once indoors, water them completely and keep them moist. Don't let them dry out. Since their growth season is over they will not require as much water but you don't want the soil to dry out either. Think of this time indoors as a rest period and don't fertilize.