I have many houseplants that I bring in every fall. It is a ritual that I have been doing for many years with the oldest houseplants being around 16+ years old. I have an attachment to the 3 largest houseplants which were from my dad’s funeral in 1998. The 3 Schefflera or Umbrella trees are quite tall and twisted and difficult to wrangle in and out of the house and my husband always says to me “why don’t you just cut them down?”
I just cannot do that.
For those out there reading this, you know what I mean…or feel…the plants are a part of me and cutting off any part is like cutting a piece of the memories out. They will have to be repotted next spring because the plants are root bound but for now they are clean and inside waiting for spring when they can bask in the fresh air and filtered sunlight again.
However, the real reason I am writing is to show you how I prepare and bring my plants in for fall. Being outside all summer attracts all kinds of insects onto the leaves and into the pots. I have 20 or so plants which include a couple different Begonias, Christmas cactus, a Poinsettia, several peace lilies and a couple variegated rubber plants. Bugs can be an issue.
A big issue which is fairly simple to solve with 2 things- blue Dawn dishwashing liquid and an old hose fertilizer or lawn applicator. I should have posted this sooner but I just now brought the plants inside. See I am lucky- I live in zone 7b and I usually do not bring them in until the end of October when the nights get down to around 45. I do this for a couple different reasons:1) my Christmas cacti and Poinsettia need the cold nights for setting their blooms and 2) I have so many they take up a lot of space!
Oh shoot and I have to add that the plants do not mind the cooler nights either.
I make things easy for myself because time is precious and who wants to spend it washing the bugs out of their plants? I have used this method for many years.
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
Using this method also works during the summer for your outdoor plants that may become infested with aphids and other bugs. Just wait until early morning and shower the plants with suds and let sit (soap kills many bugs) and I try using this before I get out any pesticide or insecticides.