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When to move houseplants outside
« on: March 26, 2009, 12:54:06 PM »

Tip of the Week: When to Move Plants Outside

In spring, houseplants can migrate to the porch or yard to enjoy an extended fresh air vacation. Tropical container plants and tender perennials that were held inside for the winter return to the great outdoors, too. When the weather cools in autumn, they all come back inside. But when is it safe to move them out in spring? And how long can they stay out in fall?

Perfect timing isnt crucial as long as you err on the side of caution. Put them out too early or leave them out too late, though, and you have a problem: cold-damaged, if not dead, plants.

You can feel more confident about when to move plants out and in with a little reseach and record keeping:

Find out the lowest temperature the plant in question can take
Keep track of the air temperature as spring (or fall) progresses. You can get an idea of the days highs and lows from the local weather report, but a simple thermometer will tell you the true conditions in your own yard.
Hang your thermometer in the shade, about three feet high. This position prevents the sun or the warmth of the earth from affecting the reading.
Check the thermometer several times a day; youll see how much the temp can fluctuate. The lowest temperature generally occurs just before dawn; at that point the earth has lost all of the suns heat that it absorbed the day before. Thats the temp to go by when judging if your plants can stay out overnight.
Extra tip: Be careful about sun exposure, too, when first putting plants outside. The sun is much more intense outside than through a window, so put plants in a shady spot first, then gradually move them into the sun, starting with just a few hours of direct light each day.


source: http://www.hortmag.com/article/moveplantsoutside
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Re: When to move houseplants outside
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 10:40:38 PM »

I have a spider plant that I put in my cottage garden 5 years ago. I figured that I would just dig it up and replace it the next year. Every year I have been surprised with fresh growth as it returns in the spring. I  :throbheart: Oregon!
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Re: When to move houseplants outside
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 08:12:49 PM »

That's pretty awesome!

I know down in Sonoma County where I moved from, Spider plants could live outside all year around.  Mine did!

Here I would have been afraid to even try.

I was shocked, :yikes: for example, the first winter I was here, my Fushia's were "killed" down to the ground!  I thought for sure they were dead and wrote them off.

But, I've lived here four years now.  And I am amazed each year when it starts growing all over again from the roots up!  They grow nearly as big as they were the year before if not as big or bigger.   And I get an abundance of flowers each year.   :yay:

Now...  :teacher: I do keep them up against the house, and someday, when I have a 'real' greenhouse they will go in there. But, for now, they do seem pretty happy.

Even the Banana tree I have comes back each year!

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