You should bring your plants inside before nighttime temperatures dip below 60°F (15.5°C). Anything below 50°F (10°C) can cause damage to tender houseplants.
– Large utility tub – Mild liquid soap – Large kitchen strainer – Flower pot scrub brush – Spray bottle – Neem oil – Wash bucket – Old towels
Fill your large utility tub with tepid water, and your wash bucket with warm water. Then, add a few squirts of a mild liquid soap to each as you’re filling them.
To kill any bugs on houseplants, soak the whole plant, pot and all, in the tub of soapy water for about 15-20 minutes.
If any of the leaves aren’t completely covered by the water, use an organic insecticidal soap to clean the plant leaves that are sticking out of the water.
After soaking your plants, pull them out of the tub and scrub each pot with a bristle brush to clean it.
Once you’re done cleaning your plant and the pot, rinse the whole plant and the pot thoroughly with the hose to get all the soap and dirt off.
Set the clean plants aside and allow all the water to completely drain from the pots before moving the plants back indoors.
Remove all the dead leaves and other debris floating on top of the water (using your trusty kitchen strainer) before soaking another batch of plants.
Now that your plants have been debugged and all of the excess water has drained out the bottoms of the pots, you can move them back inside.