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Can you bring that flower in for the winter? - Part 1

It is so hard to let go and sometimes you don’t have to!

Rules of Thumb for Overwintering Plants Indoors:

  1. Choose only healthy plants – don’t bother saving a sick plant.
  2. Bring plants indoors before frost damages the foliage – don’t wait, the cold will damage plants more than bringing them in a bit early.
  3. Treat for disease and insects before bringing plants indoors – a good preventative spray with a basic insecticide and a garden fungicide will save you a world of trouble over the winter.
  4. Place in bright areas and add humidity - using pebble trays, large saucers under pots or mist with spray bottles.
  5. Be careful not to over water – when plants come indoors they go into a bit of shock, so use care in your watering for the first 30 days.
  6. Reduce the amount of fertilizer you use - when active growth starts in spring, fertilize and prune as needed.
  7. Avoid sunburn and stress - introduce your plants slowly to outdoor conditions in spring.

The following should help you decide what you can bring in and help you successfully overwinter your favorite plants!

VERY Easy Tropical

Most are very tolerant of indoor conditions and can be brought in and kept near a window through the winter.

  1. Charmed® Oxalis
  2. ColorBlaze® Coleus
  3. Colocasia
  4. English Ivy
  5. Red Banana
  6. Common house plants

Easy Tender Perennials

These plants tolerate indoor conditions, but usually need to be in a sunny window!

  1. Rockapulco® & Infinity® Impatiens
  2. Boldly® Geraniums
  3. Sweet Caroline & Illusion® Sweet Potato
  4. Diamond Frost®
  5. Surefire® Begonias
  6. Blue My Mind®
  7. Graceful Grasses® Fiber Optic Grass
  8. All succulents & Cacti
  9. Flowering Maple
  10. Endless Browallia

VERY Difficult

Full Sun Annuals and Perennials. These plants need the sun and warmth and are extremely difficult to keep over the winter without a greenhouse.

Supertunia®, Superbena®, Snow Princess®, Senorita® Cleome, and Superbells® as well as most sun annuals stand a better chance of surviving outdoors than indoors, though most will not – that is why we can them annuals. Unless you have a greenhouse these plants will usually only cause you grief indoors over the winter. The days are just too short without enough light indoors for them to survive.

Learn more -Tips in Overwintering Patio Containers

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