What house plants like to live in the garden in the summer?
With the advent of heat, gardens begin to bloom with the colors of bright heat-loving plants and seasonal accents. And beloved annuals are not alone in the garden. Many indoor crops will happily replace the familiar stability of living rooms into open spaces. For some plants, the garden and terraces are an ideal place to prepare for rapid flowering, for others - the best chance to recover and regain the usual lush greenery. And there are also such cultures that love fresh air so much that only in the garden they feel comfortable in the hot summer.
"Holidays" in the garden and the health benefits of indoor plants
The annual “vacation” in the garden is a long-awaited chance for indoor plants to enjoy the bright lighting and plenty of fresh air. As soon as the air temperature rises enough for a comfortable stay of plants on the street, most indoor plants would gladly change the usual "closed" environment to the open spaces of a balcony or garden.
And the point is not only that in the fresh air it is much easier for plants to endure summer-withering heat. Access to fresh air as a prerequisite for the health and normal development of indoor plants is often underestimated or ignored. Meanwhile, it plays no less role than air humidity, watering or lighting.
Airing in one form or another is a mandatory measure for any plant at any stage of development. Without air baths, leaves turn pale, colors disappear, the splendor of the crown and growth rates suffer, but most importantly, resistance to pests is significantly reduced. Moving to open balconies and to the garden during the warmer months is the best way to satisfy the “airy” needs of plants.
The air humidity in the rooms decreases in the summer, and if many plants require intensive care, taking them to the garden allows you to get rid of daily additional procedures. In addition, in summer, outdoor temperatures ideally meet the requirements of plants that love the contrast between day and night. And photophilous plants can enjoy the long-awaited long daylight and not suffer from a lack of space on the windowsills.
Where to place indoor plants in the garden in the summer?
Indoor plants in the garden can be placed anywhere within places that are sufficiently protected from the wind, cold drafts, the risk of tipping over and heavy rainfall. Moisture-loving and potted indoor garden plants that love spraying and showering can cope with the rains, which will minimize watering, the rest will prefer protected areas.
Indoor plants exhibit:
- on terraces and in recreation areas;
- at the entrance to the house, on the porch and porch;
- near buildings, walls;
- in large pottery gardens;
- at arbors, pavilions and other objects of small architecture, etc.
Garden-indoor species and plants that are not distinguished by moodiness or fear of rain can not be exposed, but buried or planted in the soil.
Planting or taking to the garden is not the only option for placing indoor plants in the fresh air. Indoor cultures can be displayed on a balcony or loggia, in extreme cases - at a constantly ajar window or door (if using the room and the comfort of households allow you to make ventilation not regular, but permanent).
Which indoor plants are contraindicated in fresh air in the summer?
It’s worth starting the preparation for transporting houseplants to the garden not from the search for locations and strategies for their transportation, but from the selection of plants. First, you need to "reject" all plants that do not benefit from moving to fresh air. It:
- requiring a stable temperature, without jumps of more than 3-5 degrees;
- accustomed to strict lighting stability, afraid of movement;
- not tolerating lowering even of night temperature to 16-18 degrees;
- afraid of drafts;
- grown in florariums, flower showcases or at stably high humidity.
Information that it is impossible to take plants out into the air is usually indicated in recommendations for the conditions of detention and temperature conditions for a particular type of plant.
There are not so many cultures that categorically cannot be taken out into the open air. Senpolias, anthuriums, arrowroots, monsters, alocasias, philodendrons, nephrolepis, gloxinia, achimenes, coloria, eskhinantus, phalaenopsis and other orchids (with the exception of cymbidium) are not the best candidates for taking them to the garden.
In addition to them, you should never be subjected to additional stress:
- plants affected by pests or diseases;
- freshly transplanted plants (especially after an emergency transplant);
- weakened cultures;
- very young shoots and cuttings immediately after rooting.
What house plants can and should be taken to the garden in the summer?
Most subtropical, tropical, desert and mountain plants are suitable for moving to the garden. Mandatory is the transfer to open air of all plants that combine the status of indoor and garden crops, extremely light-loving and species that adore fresh air, unable to grow in rooms in hot temperatures.
First of all, they will not be able to develop normally without holidays in the garden, not winter-hardy here, but shrubs growing in the south in the soil, fruit trees, cut and flowering plants, creepers, bulbs and tubers.
If possible (and desired), you can move species that love the difference between day and night temperatures, crops that do not tolerate heat, plants that bloom in autumn and winter, for which it is difficult to provide a suitable rest period in the rooms.
Among the plants that it is desirable to take out to the garden in summer are:
- palm trees;
- decorative pepper;
If possible, blooming begonias, pentas, eustomas, dracaena, sansevieria, cordilina, dieffenbachia, chlorophytum, agave, bromeliads, zamioculcas, aralia, cymbidium, etc. can also be placed on balconies and in the garden.
Simple rules for moving houseplants into the garden for the summer
In choosing a place are guided by two factors - lighting and security. Lighting is selected individually, reducing the “category”: sun-loving plants are placed in diffuse lighting, light-loving plants are in partial shade, accustomed to secluded lighting are in the shade.
Even stonecrops, fatties, milkweeds, oranges with lemons and hibiscus will not be able to cope with the south side of the house and the hot sizzling sun. For indoor plants, it is better to choose places in which they will enjoy the morning and evening, rather than the midday sun, the northern or eastern sides of buildings or the scattered shadow under deciduous trees.
All indoor plants in the garden protect from the wind. Mandatory complete protection against precipitation is needed only by plants with fragile shoots or leaves with a fringe (they are easy to recognize by their dislike of spraying).
Removal to the garden is always for the best, but there should not be sharp changes in conditions. A “buffer" or quarantine period is needed for all indoor plants, without exception. Usually they are placed in a shaded, protected place for several days (from 3 to 7) before moving to the main place.
You can approach the issue in another way, taking plants out for several hours and gradually increasing the time spent outdoors, slowly adapting pets to new conditions.
You can start moving home plants to the garden only when the indicators of night temperatures will consistently exceed the permissible minimum for a particular species. It is not enough to wait for the threat of freezing frost to disappear: cold-resistant indoor plants can only be tolerated when the indicators are above 12 degrees, and for most plants it is better to wait until warming to 15 degrees.
Typically, in the middle lane, a leader begins in late June. An additional guideline is the difference between night and day temperatures. It should not exceed 10 degrees. Of course, if it is possible to bring the plants back in adverse weather, there are much more options with terms of placement in the garden. Cloudy, cool and windless days are chosen for the leader in the garden.
Care should maintain familiar conditions. Watering is adjusted according to precipitation and the rate of drying out of the soil, top dressing is left unchanged. But you need to inspect the plants more often, in time to identify problems and signs of pests.