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Repot Houseplants Before Taking Them Outdoors for the Summer

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Many houseplants would love to escape outdoors for the summer. Here’s how to get them ready for their summer vacation in the great outdoors.

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Most houseplants won’t mind if they spend their vacation outdoors. In fact, they are often reinvigorated, especially if given some fresh potting mix and fertilizer. Here’s how to recharge your houseplants for their journey outdoors. (This technique also works for repotting any plant.)

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Pick a Pot. Choose a suitable outdoor pot that is slightly larger than your indoor container. Lay mesh over the drainage hole at the bottom of the container to help keep soil mix in place.

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Add Some Potting Mix. Place a layer of fresh soilless potting mix at the bottom of the container.

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Loosen Roots. Gently remove the plant from its indoor container and loosen the roots with your fingers.

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Repot. Place the plant in its outdoor container.

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Pack in the Potting Mix. Add more soilless potting mix, packing it gently around the root ball. Water well.

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Fertilize. Add a slow-release fertilizer and work it into the top 1/4 inch of potting mix.

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Finishing Touches. Stake the plant if needed and remove dead or unsightly leaves. Keep the plant well watered (it may need more frequent watering due to increased heat and air circulation).

Good to Know: Indoor plants are not used to much direct sunlight, so strive for bright indirect light (under a high-branched tree, for instance) or morning sun and afternoon shade. Keep them safe from wind, heavy downpours, and hailstorms. And wait to bring them outdoors until nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees and your area’s last average frost date has passed. Come fall, bring your houseplants back indoors before temperatures drop below 50 degrees.