A lot of people are scared to bring their plants indoors during the Winter time, but I assure that even you can have beauty all year round with a few of my favorite tips for caring for them and keeping those pesky bugs and fungus away.
The best thing about caring for your plants once you bring them indoors during the Winter time is that many of the supplies you need are most likely sitting around your home already. Below is an image of the items that I commonly use:
Pictured from left to right:
Dawn dish soap, a clove of garlic, Ammonia, rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide.
These household items will help your plants thrive and stay bug free until its time to put the beauties back outside in the fresh, warm air.
Hydrogen peroxide can kill molds such as powdery mildew and the black, sooty mold caused by aphids.
Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. Soak the soil surface around your plants with the hydrogen peroxide spray. Spray the area once per day for one week to control pests. The hydrogen peroxide will not kill eggs, so you may need to repeat the treatment weekly to remove all the bugs. And again this helps with multiple types of mold.
Here are some tips for bringing your plants inside:
Believe it or not, more houseplants die from over-watering than from anything else! It is important to remember that most of the plants you will bring inside over the winter will have dramatically less sunlight, and are going through their dormancy, so they will require less water. One of my best tips when watering is to use room temperature water. Imagine stepping into a freezing bath, that is how your plants fill when watered with cold water. Another tip to increase their foliage color is by adding a few drops of ammonia to one quart of water.
Pests can be a real pain. They usually appear after outdoor plants are brought inside for the winter, or when a new houseplant is brought home. One very simple way to clear your soil of bugs is by placing a clove of garlic in your soil. Also, mist your plant with a spray bottle full of water with just a drop of dish detergent as it makes it difficult for the pests to cling to the leaves. You can remove aphids from your plants by spraying a mixture of equal parts water and rubbing with a drop of dish detergent, then brushing the leaves with a soft bristled brush.
Here are a couple other tips I like to do for my plants to keep them extra happy:
I always bring my tropical plants indoors for the Winter and they love it. Just remember to not water as often, pay attention to lighting conditions, and keep an eye out for any unwelcome hitchhikers. With these tips I know that you will enjoy happy, healthy plants in your home just like I do.
Just starting out and buying your first home can be frustrating in that it seems when you don't have a big budget that you cannot have charm that says "Welcome."
Look at it as a fun and exciting canvas on which to create. I helped this young couple add loveliness for under $500! With a touch of creativity you can add beauty to your home too! Follow along below as I show you how.
My first thought was how can we add dimension and depth to what seems like a very flat surface? I suggested putting up a couple of window boxes that you can buy at your neighborhood hardware store.
Another way to liven up the curb appeal is to have a front door that is a wonderful, warm, inviting color. This is not a big investment of money, time, or materials. If you find you don't like it, it is not a big deal to change.
Next I filled the boxes with beautiful annuals. Before you go shopping for your color, make sure you have studied the amount of sun your window boxes will be recieving. These are so nice because you can change them out to welcome every season! I look forward to putting mini-pumpkins in them in the Fall, and pine cones and lit garlands in the Winter. Now you have seasonal pots to enjoy all year round that will add such an inviting look to your home.
Then I had a simple railing built to create additional depth, and to take away from the front of the house feeling flat and one dimensional. The cost was under $250 with labor and materials! And yes I even hired someone to do it! I also painted the fascia board above the door and windows a nice crisp white same as the railing. Most homes have a fascia board that runs under the gutter. Painting this to match the trim can really add depth to the front of your home.
Lastly, Pots and Plants! Just by placing a few plants around the front we have added a welcoming vibe to the front door. I love flanking the front entry with a pair of matching pots and plantings.
Just remember that you can add charm and elegance to your home without breaking the bank! With just a touch of paint, plants, and creativity you can give your home a whole new lease on life!
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