lots of us our garden is in our home. We don’t
have lawns or flowerbeds, we don’t have a terrace
or balcony. We might have a window box, but otherwise
its house plants and gardening indoors. Even those with
gardens often like to be around plants all the time.
Even those plants that are most perfectly adapted to
living in the conditions of our homes benefit from a
spell of fresh air and some dew on their leaves.
What they won’t like is great variations in temperature
or sunlight so pop them outside for a few hours at a
time in the morning or evening and keep them in a place
that is shaded or semi-shaded. Definitely avoid putting
them out on a chilly early morning or late-evening and
in extremes of heavy rain or intense sunshine.
Lots of house plants thrive in certain indoor conditions
such as the relative humidity of a bathroom. But wherever
it is indoors the air inevitably becomes stale. If the
plant is in a centrally heated room the problem is multiplied
many times. Fresh oxygen encourages healthy foliage,
which is the primary attraction of many house plants.
And fresh moisture will in addition pep up the potting
mixture around the soil.
Equally important, giving your plants some fresh air
can be combined with re-potting which is ideally done
from late-spring through now until June – so long
as your plants are old enough. (For most house plants,
rule of thumb, don’t re-pot them within the first
year unless their specific instructions say so.).
Re-potting into a larger pot with fresh compost will
encourage your plant to put on a growth spurt. Giving
it a few hours in the fresh air will both moderate this
and get it started in a healthy environment. It’s
all quite obvious and easy stuff, but as well as benefiting
your little treasures it helps remind you that summer
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