With summer winding down and the days becoming shorter, it’s time to prepare our indoor plants for the months ahead. Here are Plant Mom’s tips for getting your plants ready for fall:
1: Bring your plants inside and check for insects.
If your indoor plants have been outside enjoying the warmth and humidity over the summer, it’s time to bring them inside. Examine your plants closely and check for any little critters that may have taken up residence on your plant. Check both the top and underside of the leaves. Carefully inspect the stems and soil and remove any dead and decaying leaves, where critters like to hide. If you happen upon any insects, gently remove them if there are only a few. If you find an infestation, an organic neem oil insecticide spray can be used to help deter the pests.
2: Clean them up!
Give your plants a good shower with a gentle spray. This is the perfect time to leach out any salt build-up by letting the water run freely out of the bottom of the pot. The spray will also clean off any dust that collected on the foliage. Not only will your plant look nice and clean, it will also be better protected from insects that like to lurk on dusty leaves.
Trim any yellow or browning leaves with sharp, clean shears. Be sure to disinfect the scissors with rubbing alcohol after each snip, to minimize the spread of bacteria or any disease from plant to plant.
3: Repot if necessary
Has your plant outgrown its pot? Not sure how to tell? Gently lift your plant out of the pot and observe the roots. Are they coiling around the bottom of the pot, or even growing through the drainage holes or out the top of the soil? If so, it’s time to size-up that pot. Check out Plant Mom’s repotting instructions here.
4: Move them to the best light
As the season changes, so does the way the sun enters your space. Where you placed your plant in the spring may not be the best lighting scenario for it now. Take note of how the light enters your space and move according to their light preference.
5: Feed them one last time
After their shower, take advantage of the damp soil and let your plant enjoy a bit of fertilizer for the last time this year. Be careful not to overdo it, I suggest using a liquid all-purpose fertilizer at half the recommended strength.
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