You are more than ready to enjoy the outdoors now that the weather has changed and the sun is shining brighter. That means both you and your houseplants are in good shape! During the summer months, moving them out of the house stimulates their growth by providing them with fresh air and daylight, making them a healthier animal.
You will learn everything you need to know about moving indoor plants outside in this comprehensive guide, including the best time to move them, how to move them, as well as how to care for them outside.
When to Move Plants Outside?
In the summer, you should move outside your indoor plants. For house plants, you can generally move them outside between May and September, but it depends on your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone and the date of your last frost.
Unless the last frost has happened, I recommend waiting 2 to 4 weeks before moving your plants outside. Plants grown in the house typically come from the subtropics and tropics, so their ideal temperature range is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Hold off on taking them out if the temperature is still below 50 F.
Can Houseplants Survive Outside?
It’s understandable that you adore your house plants, they’re like your little babies, and you’re scared to send them out into the cruel, harsh world. They will be absolutely fine if you follow the timeline and follow the care tips mentioned in this guide.
There is no limit to what sorts of house plants you can take outside, from cacti to African violets. You should take extra care with some of the more delicate ones, but nearly all plants benefit from exposure to fresh air.
What about Outdoor Pests?
So long as you keep your plant happy and healthy, you won’t have to worry about pests. Their prey tends to be weak, lacking proper nutrients and hydration plants, so they feed on them when they are already suffering.
For those rare instances when your plant is attacked by insects or mites, use organic pesticides and miticides. If you are moving your house plants back inside, make sure that they, their soil, and their containers are pest-free. The snaky slugs tend to hide under pots, and the crawling pests tend to hide on the undersides of leaves.
Benefits of Moving Plants Outside
The house plants do not like being shut inside any more than you do! After a long dreary winter, warm, fresh air is good for them, giving them life. Temperatures at which house plants grow faster have been scientifically proven, and you will not only be able to make your plant healthier by moving it outside, but you will also see it grow substantially.
Aside from rainfall—which relieves plants of dust on their leaves—more sunlight, and being surrounded by other plants, plants can also benefit from other factors.
How to Move Plants Outside?
Even though it might be tempting, you can’t just pick up your plant from its windowsill and chuck it outside. If you want to avoid shock, you must be gentle with the moving process.
You should gradually move your plant outdoors to an environment where it can thrive to reduce the amount of stress on your plant. It’s for health reasons that it needs to be moved outdoors.
Avoid Transfer Shock
In order to help your plant avoid shock, harden it off to the outdoor environment you are moving it to. By gradually increasing the amount of time placed in cooler weather and more light, the plant will become accustomed to the change.
For the first couple of days, place it in a shady spot that is protected from the wind during the day for a few hours. Then, every day add one hour until, after two weeks, your plant is outside 12 hours a day. After the second week, you can leave your plant outdoors at night, allowing it to acclimate to the cooler temperatures.
It is the cold weather that poses the greatest threat to plant health, but light can also have a negative impact. It is important to remember that outdoor light is much stronger than indoor light.
When you first place your plant outside, do not place it in a sunny spot or its leaves may become burned and it will die. You should even avoid bringing your plant outside on particularly sunny days for the first few times.
It is possible that your plant will eventually be able to withstand direct sunlight, depending on its variety, but it will need time to adapt. If you think about spending months in coats, pants, and turtlenecks, imagine the first time you sunbathe during summer. As if it were a plant’s leaves that would have suffered damage if it were not for sunscreen, that is exactly what you would suffer if you avoided wearing sunscreen.
Protect your plants from wind and other factors by placing them in a sheltered area. Wind can damage plants by drying them out, battering them, and even knocking them over.
Plants can certainly benefit from a few showers, but heavy downpours can damage their foliage, overwater them, and cause their soil to shift. In the event of a big downpour, you should store them under an overhang that easy to move to.
You should check out your particular plant’s watering requirements since some plants do not come from areas with much rainfall.
You can suspend hanging plants from a tree branch or another structure if you have them. Your outdoor plants can be used for a range of fun activities to enhance the appearance of your home.
Indoor vs Outdoor Houseplant Care
There are some differences between how you should care for your house plants outdoors and how you should care for them indoors. In the first place, plants that are brought outside will run through water and fertilizer more quickly, so you need to supply more of each.
A hose that has been sitting out in the sun should not be used to water your plants. Usually, this leads to the water being heated, which if it is hot enough, can damage the plants. Also, do not blast your plant’s foliage with hose water, as easy as that would be. Water your plant by trickling water onto its soil, or water it with a watering can instead.
Observe your plants regularly for pests such as aphids, snails, and caterpillars, and get rid of them if they appear. The same problems can affect your plant both on the inside and outside.
Safe Outdoor Temperature
When the temperature stays between 60 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit, plants can remain outdoors. When you experience a particularly hot heatwave or a sudden cold snap, it’s a good idea to keep your animals inside until the weather improves. You should also take them in if there is extreme weather, like a hurricane or a massive rainstorm.
When to Move Them Back in?
The majority of house plants are from the tropics, therefore they should be brought inside once temperatures drop below 55 F in the fall. Generally, it is a good idea to bring your plants inside in September before the first frost, but depending where you live in the country, this may happen sooner or later.
Take the leaves that were lost during their holiday outdoors, such as scorched and damaged ones, off when you take them inside. Make sure your plants are not infested with pests or have unusual growths in their soil, and take care of them.
It’s summertime, which means it’s vacation time for you and your plants! In addition to the inside of your home, your houseplants also make a great addition to your balconies, patios, and backyards. In the summer you are most likely outside and so why not take your plants with you so you can enjoy them as much as possible.
The guide I’ve provided should prove useful to you. Feel free to share your experience and ask any questions you have about moving plants in the comments below!