Houseplants are a wonderful addition to a backyard patio or deck, but there comes a time in the fall when they need to be brought inside to a more protected area. No one wants their plants to freeze..right? But be very careful when doing this so you don’t bring a bunch of little critters in with them… Critters meaning bugs! Some are just hitch hikers- riding along on your plant to the inside of your home….they may escape, but will just be a nuisance to deal with. However, others may be feeding on your plants and will most likely look for more plants to eat on once they get inside your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Follow the simple steps below and your plants will be lush and healthy after coming back inside your house.
1. Repotting- Before treating for insects, see if your plants needs repotted. If your plant is just too big for the pot it’s in, or if it is constantly needing water, you should consider repotting. Don’t go too big too fast with a new pot. You should only go up 1 -2 inches in overall pot diameter with each re-potting.
2. Treat the soil- Apply systemic houseplant granules to the soil. This will give long lasting control of hard to kill insects that may develop later from eggs. Systemic granules do take some time to begin working, so be patient.
3. Treat the plant – Treat the plant with Earth Rx organic insect spray. This kills adult insects and exposed eggs providing quick protection before the systemic control kicks in.
4. Don’t overwater- Use a moisture meter designed for houseplants to tell you if your plants need water or not….they will need a lot less water inside the home than outside.