Knowing full well that they’ll likely need to come back in once before summer really arrives, I’ve gone ahead and dragged the houseplants on to the porch. At the moment, arranging them artfully to frame the space and not block the swing is the extent of my “design”, but in the past I’ve dallied more artfully. Through trial and more than a few errors, here’s what I’ve learned about shuffling the plants outside, hardening them off, and then using them artfully in the garden for the season (this is a longstanding European tradition for fruit trees, especially citrus.)
Acclimating the inside guys to being outdoors again
Start slow. Plan to spend about a week or 10 days dragging the plants from an initial spot in bright shade (under a yard tree or against an east-facing wall both work well) out into the fuller sun.
Fat leaves? Go slower. There’s nothing like my aloe and my jade plants for getting a sunburn: brown spots like a sparkly, dried, coffee spill. Instead of moving the thicker leaved plants forward every day, I wait Continue reading