Perhaps you have noticed some of your indoor foliage plants getting just a little bit yellow. Some may be dropping leaves and thinning too. Well, it's normal and you can help get these plants back on the road to recovery.
You see, plants really weren't developed to grow indoors. The light level is often too low, waterings forgotten and there are often plenty of pests. Right now you can give these plants a chance to recover by moving them outdoors in the landscape, on the patio or on the porch.
No matter where you live if you have nice warm days move these winter and spring survivors outside to resume good growth. The plants are going to find outdoor life is similar to the jungly conditions their relatives originally came from. You do have to provide a little care as follows to help with the recovery.
- Repot any plant that has a tightly woven root ball or is sending roots out the bottom of the container.
- Keep the soil moist. You may have to water daily when the plant is growing outdoors.
- Feed every other week with a liquid fertilizer solution on use a slow release fertilizer according to label instructions.
- Prune out any dead or weak limbs and reshape the plants.
- Use soap sprays or oils to control pests on the foliage and stems; follow label instructions.
- Keep the plants in a filtered sun location to prevent foliage burn.
- Protect the plants from temperatures below 45 degrees when fall returns.
You are going to be surprised how quickly your indoor favorites return to their natural green and full condition. They should be ready by fall to return to their place in the home.