Many of the plants that are sold by nurseries as annuals are actually tender perennials, which means that they would survive outdoors year round in warmer climates. Most of these plants would survive if protected from harsh winter climates, and many of them will survive as houseplants indoors during the winter. Oh, and I am all about overwintering tropical plants to keep them growing year after year (and save myself tons of money)!
Perhaps you have noticed a trend in my blogging… I am cheap (actually I prefer the term frugal). I used to buy tons of annuals in the spring to fill the pots around my yard, only to let them all die in the fall. It always seemed like such a waste of money.
So after my first year of doing that, I decided to start growing my annuals from seed to fill my summer pots instead. The problem with this is that they take so long to get large enough to fill the pots. Sure it’s cheaper, but you don’t get the immediate satisfaction that comes with buying the plants that are already mature from a greenhouse.
That’s when I decided to start experimenting with filling my summer 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 saves me tons of money – I just bring them into the house during the winter, and then have mature plants to put out in the spring without spending any cash! Woohoo!
There is definitely work involved in bringing them inside in the fall, and putting them back out in the spring. But if you think about it, it’s probably not any more work than it is to repot all of the annuals into decorative pots, and then clean out all of those pots once the annuals die. Plus you get to enjoy the tropical feeling in the house all winter long!
Here are the steps that I take when I debug and clean my tropical plants to bring them inside for the winter (read the full instructions for how to debug and clean plants before brining them inside)…
- Fill a large 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 hose.
- Scrub the outside of the pots.
- Allow all the water to drain from the pots.
- Move the plants indoors.
Tip: If you have a plant that is pot-bound, repot it into a larger container before moving it inside. That way the mess stays outside.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t just do this with my summer planters either. I have an entire garden area dedicated to growing tropical plants! And I overwinter those inside my house too! Read all about overwintering tropical bulbs.
Save yourself some cash this year, and try overwintering topical plants indoors!
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