Well, we made it through another
Summer and as it gets colder and Winter draws near, it's time to think
about bringing those plants inside for the season.
Your plants have enjoyed the time
outside these past few months and are appreciating the Fall temperature
fluctuation from day into night. A 10 degree change is ideal for most
orchids - you want to let them stay outside to experience this, it tells
the plant that it's time to bloom! At Parkside, we don't panic until the
temperature drops to 50 degrees or below. Your plants are hardier than
you think and can tolerate this temperature for a few hours. Thankfully,
we're not yet hitting those 50's in our greenhouses.
There are a number of garden pests
that may have taken up residence in your potted plants. The best way to
eradicate them is to dunk the whole plant in water, you'll see the ants
or other nuisance on the top of the water. Dunk a few times and set the
plant aside to drain.
It's also a good time to investigate
your plant - how does it look? Is the bark breaking down? Does it need a
repot? Often times they need for nothing, but sometimes ... make sure
you have Neem oil on hand to wipe off the leaves, it contains a mild
pesticide and will eliminate any other critters that survived the
dunking. It also gives the leaves a clean and shiny finish, the better
to frame your gorgeous blooms!
Do you have fertilizer? Are all your
lightbulbs working? We have all the supplies you need to transition from
outside to indoors. Call us!