Indoor/Outdoor Patio Plants
Place a curved pot shard or
large rock over the bottom drainage hole
of your pot so excess water drains out
but the soil stays in place. Put the plant
in the pot at the depth it was growing in
the shipping pot. Fill with potting soil up
to 1/2-1" below the container rim. Water
generously. Press soil down to eliminate
air pockets but avoid packing so tightly
that drainage is blocked. Repot plants
when roots poke through drainage holes.
Each plant has different
moisture requirements. Overwatering
is the biggest mistake indoor gardeners
make. As a general rule, water when soil
is dry to the touch.
Most flowering plants need
bright indirect light. A south or
southeast window is usually a full-light
location. Foliage plants require less light,
especially those with dark green leaves.
plants thrive on a monthly application of
water-soluble plant food. Be sure to follow
the feeding instructions on the package.
such as Patio Blueberry, Patio Strawberry,
Patio Apple, Elephant Ears, Bougainvillea
and Angel Trumpet, providing winter
protection is very important, especially
when outdoor temperatures drop below
29°F. Before freezing weather arrives,
move your containers to an unheated
garage or cellar where temperatures
stay above freezing. Withhold fertilizer
and water just enough to keep the soil
slightly moist. When the danger of
frost has passed, bring the containers
outdoors again and water thoroughly.
Winterizing Tender Patio Fruits
early fall, when night temperatures drop
below 50°F, plants such as Citrus, Dwarf
Banana, Dwarf Fig and Dwarf Pomegranate
need to be moved indoors. Provide as much
sun as possible; a south- or west-facing
window is ideal. Avoid areas with hot, dry
air, such as near heat registers. Growth will
slow down in winter. Withhold fertilizer
and only water as needed. Return to a patio
setting once danger of frost has passed.
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