Houseplants are usually placed indoors, they’re called houseplants for a reason. Inside, the conditions are generally constant and there are no major temperature fluctuations. But in the summer you can move some indoor plants outside. For many houseplants this is even better, because they get more light and the humidity is better. And they don’t mind a shower every now and then either. But there are a few things you should pay attention to, when moving indoor plants outside. In this article a few tips!
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Moving indoor plants outside
Houseplants that are normally placed indoors, have to get used to being outdoors. That’s why for the first time it’s best to place your houseplants outside on a cloudy day. Do this for about five consecutive days. After that you can place them in a sunny or shady place, depending on the plant.
The right plant pot
Before you place your houseplants outside, check whether the pot has drainage holes at the bottom. This way, the surplus water can seep away when the plant is in a rain shower and it won’t drown.
But also make sure your houseplants don’t get too little water, because they dry out quickly when they’re outside. Indoor plants that usually are watered only once a week, need much more water when placed outside. Preferably check the compost every day, unless it has rained.
Types of houseplants
Examples of indoor plants that you can place outside in the summer, are the begonia, yucca and all succulents and cacti. A number of orchid species also do well outdoors, such as the Cymbidium, Dendrobium and the Cambria-like. Do check that the temperature isn’t lower than 9 degrees Celsius, or higher than 25. Place them out of the wind and in the shade.
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