A lot of the plants that are offered by nurseries as annuals are in fact tender perennials, which indicates that they would survive outdoors year round in warmer environments. The majority of these plants would endure if safeguarded from extreme winter climates, and much of them will make it through as houseplants inside during the winter season. Oh, and I am all about overwintering tropical plants to keep them growing year after year (and conserve myself tons of cash)!
Maybe you have discovered a trend in my blogging … I am low-cost (actually I prefer the term penny-wise). I utilized to purchase tons of annuals in the spring to fill the pots around my yard, just to let them all pass away in the fall. It always looked like such a waste of cash.
So after my first year of doing that, I decided to start growing my annuals from seed to fill my summer pots rather. The issue with this is that they take so long to get large enough to fill the pots. Sure it’s less expensive, however you don’t get the instant complete satisfaction that comes with buying the plants that are currently mature from a greenhouse.
That’s when I chose to start explore filling my summer season planters with houseplants and indoor tropical plants, and then bringing them back inside in the fall.
I use plants that are easy to overwinter rather than buying/growing annuals every year. Overwintering tropical plants conserves me tons of cash– I simply bring them into your home during the winter season, and after that have fully grown plants to put out in the spring without investing any cash! Woohoo!
There is definitely work associated with bringing them inside in the fall, and putting them back out in the spring. But if you consider it, it’s most likely not any more work than it is to repot all of the annuals into ornamental pots, and after that clean out all of those pots once the annuals die. Plus you get to take pleasure in the tropical feeling in the house all winter season long!
Here are the actions that I take when I debug and clean my tropical plants to bring them inside for the winter (read the complete guidelines for how to debug and clean plants before brining them inside) …
Fill a big tub with soapy water.
Soak each plant in the tub for 10-15 minutes.
Pull the plants out of the water and give them a good rinse with the tube.
Scrub the beyond the pots.
Permit all the water to drain pipes from the pots.
Move the plants inside.
Idea: If you have a plant that is pot-bound, repot it into a larger container before moving it inside. That way the mess remains outdoors.
Oh, and by the method, I don’t simply do this with my summer planters either. I have a whole garden location dedicated to growing tropical plants! And I overwinter those inside my house too! Read everything about overwintering tropical bulbs.
Conserve yourself some money this year, and attempt overwintering topical plants inside your home!