I usually don’t think about this task until mid to late October, but this year might be different. If you feel that cooler temperatures are here earlier than normal, I would agree. Last year my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary so we had a big party on October 4th. The week leading up to the party had temperatures in the 90’s every day. I heard the meteorologist mention frost coming a few days ago. Regardless, if we enjoy our houseplants we need to pay attention. Most houseplants can take temperatures in the 50’s and even a couple of nights in the 40’s. Below mid 40’s you stand a chance of losing them.
Time to bring the houseplants in By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener I hope that you put your houseplants outside for the summer. Most houseplants origins are in tropical regions so they love heat and humidity. But as the temperatures dip, we need to get them back inside. Before bringing the plants indoors, cut off dead or dying foliage or cut back runners to create a fuller plant. Inspect for insects, a strong spray of water from the hose will remove any critters. If you find scale, use cotton balls dipped in alcohol to remove the scale. I have found that if I had an insect problem when I took the plants outside the beneficial insects would generally take care of the pests. Once I brought in my bromeliads and about a week later I noticed a frog. I thought that my friend Judith might have brought me a pot decoration. I reached out for it and it jumped. Will inspect those plants a bit closer this year.