Saving the outdoor plants
Having big beautiful plants outside brings so much life to your home. Keeping them healthy and thriving for a long period of time does take work and persistent. My grandmother always had a yearly routine for her outdoor plants and she stuck to it year after year after year. Many of her plants are older than I am, and some belonged to her own mother years ago.
If you keep your outside plants in pots, it is much easier to move them and place them inside for the winter. But first, you must inspect them for bugs. Look for spiders, beetles, mealy worms, millipedes, eggs, and anything that looks out of the ordinary.
Check the leaves and stems thoroughly as well as the dirt. Make sure that you look under the leaves because that is a great place for eggs and nests. If possible, remove the plant from the potting soil and inspect the roots to see if there are any bugs. If you discover a grey or white web looking situation around the roots, this may be a clue that you have mealy insects.
You can eliminate the bugs by irrigating the soil with diazinon. You can also take rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball and rub them around the pot. Where you see eggs or little webby nests, rub it with the alcohol to kill them.
Each individual insect may be handled in different ways with its preferred insecticide, You can also try natural ways to get rid of insects if you have the time. Find a recipe online and create your own natural mixture to save money.
Trim the plant if necessary and get rid of all of the brown dead leaves and stems.
Storing the plants
My grandma would always put her plants in the same place every year. She had a little storage room outside that she would keep all of her outside plants in, and they would always live through any grueling winter.
First, be sure you’ve inspected everything, and there are no bugs visible to the eye. After that, it is time for you to move the plants inside. Never mix your outside plants with your inside plants because you risk infecting your inside plants with unseen bugs. Many outdoor bugs are so tiny to the naked eye, it is almost impossible to catch them all. Those spider mites are so tiny that you might need a magnifying glass to see them.
Plants are very sensitive and may suffer shock from being inside an enclosure. You should allow your plants some time to acclimate to the change. Bring them in a few hours a day for two to four weeks before the temperature drops and the frost hits. We recommend you gradually keep the plants inside longer over the four week period so they will become used to the change. Keep them watered periodically and use light inside the room if there are no windows in the storage area.