Just like you harden off your plants in the spring, you want to gradually acclimatize any plants you plan on bringing indoors over the winter.
Indoor conditions are different than what your plants are used to outdoors, and you want to minimize the stress to the plant from typically drier indoor air conditions, lower levels of sunlight, and more consistent temperatures.
Depending on the size and type of plant, we suggest taking 1-2 weeks to gradually bring your plants indoors over the winter. This can mean bringing the plants indoors for a short period of time, moving them to a more moderate/temperate part of your garden, transitioning them from outdoors to an enclosed porch.
Here are a few other tips:
- Ensure plants are healthy and are free of pests. The last thing you want to do is bring in insects or fungal diseases indoors to spread to your other plants
- Don’t wait too late when the weather gets very cold
- For containers with drainage holes, put a saucer underneath the plant to that excess water doesn’t damage your floors
- Be aware of any drafts when you are placing your plants indoors. Some are more sensitive to heat and cold so keep them away from radiators, air vents, windows and doors to better moderate the temperature around them