It's that time…
As the nights grow colder, it's time to start thinking about what to do with those plants that have been living outside since the spring. While I could go on and on about this topic, I'll keep it short with my top 3 tips below.
Check the weather
Depending on your location, leave your plants out as long as possible, especially your succulents & cacti.
When you see it dropping below 45 consistently, it is time to bring all the plants inside.
Treat for Pests & Acclimate
Before bringing your plants in, you will want to liberally spray with insecticide soap or neem oil. I also recommend wiping all of the leaves after, to ensure you remove any residual or pests.
Once inside, ensure that the plants are placed in the brightest areas possible, for at least 2 weeks, in order to help them acclimate to the indoors.
During the dormant season (October through March), plants need less water and little to no fertilizer.
For plants, such as succulents and cacti, I recommend not watering during their dormant period. For other plants, mist the leaves once per week and water every 2-3 weeks. A general rule of thumb is to water less based on the amount of bright light they receive each day.
If you don't have a lot of bright, natural light in your space, you can purchase a grow light (Amazon) or a grow bulb (Lowes and Amazon). This will help give your plants that extra light they need throughout the winter. Adding grown lights does not also mean adding more water. You will still want to water every 2-3 weeks for most plants and keep your succulents and cacti dry throughout the winter.