When To Place Your Houseplants Outside

This is a great question that is frequently asked. It really just depends on your location and having a consistency in temperature.

Consistent Temperatures

Most houseplants are tropical in origin and cannot withstand temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, I would withhold from leaving your plants outside before your evening temperatures start to consistently stay within or above this range.

The time when this starts to happen varies for everyone. Every location is different. The states that experience distinct seasons can place houseplants outside around May. States that have less distinct seasonal changes can place their plants outdoors a little earlier. As early as March or April, as long as the temperatures are consistently above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Acclimating Your Plants

Be sure that when you start to place your plants outside, that their temperatures are not only within range, but that their lighting isn’t too harsh. Plants can burn very easily during this time. A lot of these plants are coming out of dormancy and are not used to the intense amount of light. Be mindful to gradually expose your plants to more light and range in temperatures. You can place your plants under a tree or in a shaded area, to help acclimate them to more light.

Temperatures can drop or get hot very suddenly as well. When I first start to acclimate my plants, I may put them out during the day and bring them back in for the evening. This will help the plants acclimate to the temperature changes outside. Keeping track of your local temperatures, will help you know when is a great time to start putting plants out and when to take them back in.

Taking Extra Care

Once your plants are outside and acclimated, you’re going to have to give them a little more care. Being outside, your plants are going to be prone to drying out faster than they normally would and will be open to pests. Take extra care to watch out for any infestations that may occur and be sure to water a little more frequently.

Take note of any storms that may come your way during the spring and summer. A little rain shower is perfectly fine for your plants, but intense rain and wind may drown and damage them.

Your plants will also benefit from regular fertilizing. During the growing season, spring to fall, I like to fertilize once every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer. Careful not to over fertilize as this will do more harm than good.

Overall, your plants will greatly benefit from their time outdoors. Just be sure to make the move a gradual one. Your plants will appreciate it.


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