If you live in the northern tier of the United States and have not yet experienced frost in your area, you will need to act fairly quickly if you want to rescue any of your outdoor plants and keep them inside your home for at least awhile.
When you clean out your container gardens, there may be some plants that can be salvaged and repotted for indoor use. For example, Dracaena spikes are often purchased in small sizes and then used in planters or planted directly into flower beds. If you have time, some pots, and indoor space for them, these plants can be rescued and they may well serve a useful purpose in softening corners of a room, or in a grouping as a backdrop for existing house plants. The price is right so you have nothing to lose but some dirt and some time!
A potted plant that I brought into my home a couple of weeks ago is a New Guinea impatiens plant. It still displayed many blossoms and buds, and I didn’t want to risk losing it should an unexpected frost creep in at night.
I kept the plant in the garage for a couple of days (there are windows across the top of my garage door so there is some natural light in there). The only hitchhiking insect that I could find was one box elder bug, so after dispensing with that I decided it was safe to bring the plant into my home and put it on a table near my sliding glass patio door. It continues to produce beautiful bright red flowers that brighten up that area; when it ceases to bloom, the plant, pot and all will go into the trash can.
For those of you who love gardening, I might suggest that you visit the content site of AC featured gardening contributor Sandy James, who currently has a “hot 500” badge on her site. She is a great resource for gardeners as she “loves to grow things and watch them bloom;” her informal and yet informational writing style makes reading her articles very enjoyable. There are also articles on cooking and traveling among the many topics to be found in her 242 article content library. She even sprinkles in some slideshows here and there for good measure such as this one: Quilt Show Pictures.
In a recent article that Sandy published, How to Care for Your Mandevilla Plant, she offered excellent advice about checking for pests on plants that you bring indoors, plus useful tips on how to overwinter plants. If you plan to move some outdoor plants to your indoor space, her “Mandevilla article” may well prove very helpful to you.
If you live in the northern tier of the United States and have not yet experienced frost in your area, you might consider looking over your patio and garden space for any plants that you would like to rescue for further use indoors.
Frost will soon be finding its way to the shadows, according to AC contributor Mike Powers: Morning Frost.
Sandy James’ content site
Mike Powers’ content site