With summer winding down and the days becoming shorter, it’s time to prepare our indoor plants for the months ahead. Check out our Grow-How™ tips for getting your plants ready for fall.
Bring Your Plants Indoors 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 once nighttime temperatures begin to dip below 55°F. Most plants prefer temperatures above 60°F, so be mindful of the forecast if you plan to keep your plants outdoors through the fall.
To check for any little critters that may have taken up residence on your plant, be sure to look at both the top and underside of the leaves. Carefully inspect the stems and soil and remove any dead and decaying leaves, where critters typically 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.
Give Your Plants a Shower
At the turn of each season, give your plants a thorough 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 shower will also clean off any dust that has collected on the foliage. Not only will your plant look nice and clean, but it will also be better protected from insects that like to lurk on dusty leaves.
If you find dust still lingering on your plant’s leaves post-shower, wipe its leave down using microfiber dusting gloves to remove any remaining dirt or dust.
Fertilize Them Before Winter
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 — we suggest using a liquid all-purpose fertilizer at half the recommended strength.
Fertilizing for the first time? Our Grow-How™ Team has a helpful how-to tutorial on how to fertilize your indoor plants.
Trim Aged or Unsightly Leaves
To continue cleaning up your plants, take care to trim any yellow or browning leaves with sharp, clean plant snips. Be sure to disinfect the shears with rubbing alcohol after each snip in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or any disease from plant to plant.
If you’re in need of guidance on when and how to trim your plants, check out our Grow-How™ Team’s quick how-to on trimming indoor houseplants.
Place Them in the Best Lighting
As the days get shorter, the sun is lower in the sky which changes the way sunlight enters your space. Where you placed your plant in the spring may not be the best lighting scenario for it during the fall and winter. Take note of how the light enters your space and move according to their lighting preference. Unsure of your plants’ preferred sunlight needs? Here’s our comprehensive guide for indoor plant lighting, just for this.
In the case that you find your plant isn’t getting sufficient light, consider incorporating a grow light into your space.
Repot if Needed
Has your plant outgrown its pot? If you’re unsure of how to tell, gently lift your plant out of the pot and observe the roots. If the roots are coiling around the bottom of the pot, or even growing through the drainage holes or out of the top of the soil, then it’s time to size up and repot in a larger planter. Shop everything you need for repotting here, including pots, soil, and tools.
Don’t know how to go about repotting your plant? Don’t worry, our Grow-How™ Team has you covered. Here’s all you need to know on how to repot indoor plants.
Ask for Help
No matter what your question is or what kind of plant you have, our team of plant care experts is here to answer your questions and give you the encouragement you need to be the best plant parent you can be. If you have any questions, contact the Grow-How™ Team for all your plant care needs.