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Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter

Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter

Need to overwinter your plants? Here are a few handy tips.

Landscaping involves plants that both thrive outdoors year-round and plants that need some TLC in winter. If you love to garden or love plants, you will enjoy including plants in your garden that do well outdoors in the summer and indoors during the winter. Here are some tips on bringing plants indoors for winter to keep your tender plants healthy and long-living for years to come.

When to Bring Plants Indoors for Winter

It is best to start thinking of bringing plants indoors for winter when the nighttime temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropical plants and many annuals will need to be brought indoors before the weather reaches the freezing point to stay alive; some need to come indoors when the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

What to Bring Indoors

As mentioned above, tropical plants and annuals are two plant categories that will thrive when brought indoors for the winter. Another way to categorize what to bring indoors for winter is plants that have a winter dormancy period and those that still actively grow in winter. 

Some plants have bulbs that need to winter in temperatures above freezing, such as calla lilies, canna lilies, elephant ears, and gladiolus plants. One should keep the soil of potted plants slightly moist throughout the winter and dig up in-ground bulbs and keep them in a dry, cool place. 

Meanwhile, tropicals and annuals that continue growing and blooming throughout the season can be kept indoors in a sunny spot. Such plants include geraniums, hibiscus, fuschia, amaryllis, and rosemary. 


Before taking your plants indoors, one should prune off dead leaves, roots, and blooms. October, November, and December are the best months to remove spent summer foliage for a healthy spring next year. You might also wish to prune plants down to a smaller version to better suit the indoor environment of your home.

Checking for and Removing Insects

Removing insects and insect eggs from your outdoor plants is a matter of importance when bringing plants indoors for winter. Check the underside of leaves and around the rims of pots, and refresh the topsoil with new soil just in case. For extra care, spray down the leaves with an insecticide.

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