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So far we have had great fall weather.

I guess most of you have brought your houseplants indoors before, but some of us haven’t. I noticed my neighbor Mike No.3 always had his yuccas by the pool and my foliage plants were still on the patio on Saturday.

When nighttime temperatures start to hit their 40s, it’s time to take action and bring these plants indoors. There is a great checklist on how to do it right. Experts say to soak them in water for 15 minutes, check for bugs well, and spray the plant with a hose before bringing it inside.

I just opened the door and carried them inside.

I have found the best time to do this is when my wife is gone for her hair. That way, I don’t have to listen to his usual comments like, “Look at the mess you make! Or “Where are you going to put them?” “

It is possible to overwinter Boston ferns if you have a huge house with large windows. You have to remember that ferns are outdoors, taking advantage of the sun and humidity, and all of a sudden you are moving them indoors, where there is no sun and no humidity.

It’s comparable to you lying on the beach and getting a nice tan in Key West, Florida in February. The next day you find yourself in Juneau, Alaska. It might make you very unhappy and it won’t be long before your beautiful tan is gone.

The ferns you love and want to keep over the winter feel the same. Instead of losing their tan, they are losing their leaves. If they could talk, you would know how much they are protesting about being moved inside. They miss the sun and humidity so much that they will drop their leaves. You may need a front loader to transport them all.

Ferns will survive if they have adequate humidity and light. A bathroom is a good place for them, but you will need to leave the blinds open for sunlight. This can cause discussions in the backyard among the neighbors.

Another popular plant that can be brought indoors is the mandevilla. There are repercussions if you decide to do this.

Tom Trodden, another 62-year-old Sioux graduate, former radio disc jockey with WKST and WFEM and assistant to Fleming Steel, decided to do it. He brought his mandevilla inside and didn’t cut it. He put it outside the following spring when the weather warmed up.

On June 26, 2021, I received a message from him about his mandevilla that they had wintered.

It’s a problem if you keep your mandevilla. He will live, but Tom informed me later that he did not receive flowers until the end of July. On August 29, he sent me another message: “It’s come back. At that point, however, he’s almost ready to bring the plant back inside.

If you tuck your mandevilla inside, you can cut it halfway and give it as much light as possible. Be careful, your neighbors who have gone to buy new ones that have been grown in Florida will have flowers long before you do. They will decorate with corn stalks and fall mums before your plant blooms.

Getting my plants inside while the wife was outside was a complete success. She has no idea I brought them, well, until she reads it in the newspaper.

Make your space a green space.