Indoor plants no natural light

Yesterday I decided it was time to bring my plants in from the balcony. Since everything we have here with us is in pots, it’s a pretty simple process. Well, actually, I left the strawberries outside for now because we’re about to have a really nice warm front for the next few days, but chances are I will bring them in at some point also just so they don’t get too cold during the long winter.

As I was placing the plants around the apartment and glanced at them the rest of the day, I realized I’m actually kinda thrilled with where some of them are and how they look. So I may not put them back outside next spring…most of them don’t care that much either way, although the rosemary does usually seem to like being back outside at some point since it gets a bit of mold as spring approaches.

What you need to know

  • Timing — It can depend on the plant, but generally when you’re seeing temps below 60°F for 3+ days in a row, you want to bring plants that are not winter hard inside.
  • Bugs – Do a general survey to see if there are any sort of spiders, meal worms, centipedes or other unwanted house guests on the plants before you bring them inside. Make sure you also look in water trays below the plants for hitch hikers. The same goes with any sort of pests that can harm your plants. If you bring them inside, your plants will be in closer proximity to each other so the likelihood of spreading scales or other pests will be higher.
  • Clean up — If your plants have been outside for a while, the pots are likely to be a bit dirty and grungy. So take a few minutes before you plan to move them inside to scrub down your pots briefly and get them looking nice.
  • Keep only the healthy ones– If your plants have already been looking sickly or suffering, chances are they are going to get worse when you bring them inside because they’ll go into shock. So save yourself the sorrow if it’s just a random plant and toss it before you go to the trouble of moving it indoors.
  • Upgrading — If any of your plants will need to be repotted, do it a few days in advance of the move to give the plants time to adjust
  • Fertilizing — Plants are generally going to grow a bit less in the winter because the amount of light they receive (even with your indoor lights nearby) is generally less. So you should usually cut back if not completely cease fertilizing.
  • Watering — Remember that most plants are not going to dry out quite as quickly now that the are indoors, so in many cases, watering once a week will be plenty. But keep an eye on plants near a heating source since they may need more frequent attention.
  • Lighting — Give a little bit of thought to the amount of sun your windows will allow your plants to receive. Plants that need full sun should be put near south-facing windows and those requiring only partial sun can go in front of an east- or west-facing window. If need be, you can also get a plant light where the light is just not sufficient for your plants, and these are usually low wattage which means they’ll be inexpensive to run.

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Advice sought for indoor office plants

2009-10-21 15:09:27 by woodswoman

I know this isn't about an outdoor garden, but I'm wondering if you plant folks might have some advice.
We have two potted plants in our office. Based on searching photos on the web, we think they are Janet Craigs:
They are each about six feet tall and were doing pretty well until our office move about eight months ago. They are in a spot away from natural light, because unfortunately there isn't a good spot for them near the windows.
At first they had lots of new growth, but now many of the leaves are turning brown


Help me NOT kill my office plant!

2010-05-05 14:59:55 by IHaveABrownThumb

I recently started a new job. As a welcoming gift they bought me a small live plant. (Actually, several small plants in a 9" bowl that's about 3-4" deep.) Problem is, my office has no windows or natural light at all. It's typical fluorescent office light, or complete darkness.
On Friday evening I move the plant to a common area that has a window, and I return it to my office on Monday morning. I water it regularly, keeping the mossy soil damp (but not wet). This past weekend I bought a pack of fertilizer spikes for indoor plants and, as per the instructions, inserted four of them into the pot


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