Kathleen M
Kathleen M
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  • Manahawkin, NJ
Asked on Sep 30, 2012

Bringing my plants INDOORS

Paula DirckDouglas HuntKathleen M
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I have some plants to bring inside before the weather turns cold but want to make sure I don't bring any unwanted visitors in with them. What is a good way to be-bug them? Queen Palms, Bird of Paradise, Ginger and some succulents. TY!!
Kathleen
10 answers
  • 3po3
    on Oct 1, 2012

    Washing your plants with water and insecticidal soap should do the trick. Here's a nice primer on house plants: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/ho-39.pdf

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 1, 2012

    In addition to giving them a good shower, you will want to acclimate them a bit befor bringing them in. Start by brining them in just at night, and gradually increase the time they spend indoors over two weeks or so. This will significantly lessen the stress on the plants as they transition to a drier, darker environment.

  • Kathleen M
    on Oct 1, 2012

    @ , Thanks very much for that! I appreciate it.

  • Kathleen M
    on Oct 1, 2012

    @Douglas Hunt Thank you also for the hints, I probably should have started a week ago but will get them all cleaned up and start them on overnites :)

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 2, 2012

    Good luck, Kathleen. I hope you have a lot of space indoors. Some of those plants are (or can get) big!

  • Gail Salminen
    on Oct 2, 2012

    Kathleen, I have a few I put out for the summer and bring in for the winter to use them again next year. Soaking them and allowing them to drain before bringing in works for me. If I notice some pest, I encase them in a clear plastic bag for a few day, but have only had to do this once. - sprayed the insecticidal soap on them prior to bagging them. Good luck.

  • Kathleen M
    on Oct 4, 2012

    @ Douglas Hunt ~ They are big lol, and no, my indoor space is not :( I am trying to get an old aquarium stand topped and mosaic'd to use as a plant stand so I can save on floor space ~~ not enough hours in the day sometimes :)

  • Kathleen M
    on Oct 4, 2012

    @ Gail Salminen~ thanks for that bagging hint, I will keep it in mind for sure!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 4, 2012

    Sounds like a cool project, Kathleen. I hope you're planning on posting photos. (Hint, hint!)

  • Paula Dirck
    on Jun 15, 2015

    Spray them with a mixture of dish soap and water and let dry.

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