What houseplants do you bring outdoors after a long winter?

meyermike_1micha(5)March 17, 2010

I usually bring all plumerias, clivia, citrus trees, gardenias, olive, hoyas, and palms.. Many sit in the full sun, and some under a tree getting dabbled light.

I tend to leave my ferns, and regulars like pothos, philodendrons, corn plants, jades,some cactus, peace lilly, and gold fish plants indoors..Not sure if any of these would like the outdoors too?

How about you?..What kind of houseplants to you leave indoors and bring outdoors?

Have A happy spring!


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My larger scheff goes out and jades. I have to protect the jades from wind otherwise they might tip over. No rain here from April to Oct so not a problem to put jades out.

Mike, you mean dappled light. If you dabbled your plants they would die.
Your succulents should like the sun if you can protect from rain.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 3:02PM
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all my house plants go out, I just have to acclimate them to being outside again every spring and protect them from the wind....plants tend to get a little delicate in doors...but they toughen up outside, and get greener and stronger...thats where plants should be outside and we are forcing them into a life in side....spring, summer, and fall is their growing time and outside they get the altimate light, air and rain....

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 3:06PM
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Lol...I caught that after I posted..lol.I am just glad I spelt your screen name right...:-).
Thank you for letting me know about my jades..

Linda, what plants do you summer outdoors? Is your cutting going in the sun?:-)..

I wasn't sure if some houseplants were never meant to go outdoors, such a my Boston fern..I forgot about my African violets, and my spider plants too.....

If wonder if Pug has any indoor houseplants,since everything she grows is so beautiful down there in Florida..
Pug, is there such a thing as indoor houseplants for you, and what do you keep indoors, or are they all meant to be outdoors for you?..:-)


    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 3:56PM
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Mike, houseplants ARE meant for outdoors. That is where they started from. lol! I know you realize that but it just sounded funny the way you said it. But yes, it does depend on their natural habitat and your outdoor weather on whether you choose to put them outside.
Even here in sunny socal sometimes it's too hot in summer and in winter I get frost.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 5:01PM
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grice(z5 Michigan)

My calamondin,sago palm,shefflera,and spineless yucca go outdoors as soon as weather permits.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 5:35PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I never take mine outside. They flourish without the 'in and out' stress...and I don't have to worry about what sort of critters may have taken up housekeeping over the summer.

One exception would be if I happen to be growing any seedling citrus. I grow them only to sacrifice to the Giant Swallowtail Butterflies that always seem to find them. I enjoy all of the butterfly and caterpillar activity right under my nose. So OUT they go, as soon as weather permits!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 5:37PM
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It gets super hot here in OK. in the summer, so the only thing I'll be putting outside are the Begonias. Besides, it wouldn't be pretty inside with no houseplants! lol

But I've seen the most beautiful Jades growing in pots outdoors..maybe in AZ?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 5:49PM
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Major groups of plants that go out:

Citrus trees
tropical ferns
ficus trees
tropical fruit trees (Avocado, Mango, Pouteria (sapote), bananas, papaya, guava)

I don't put my cacti out (other than the real big one--Cereus, or the jungle cacti (too wet in summer here)

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 6:39PM
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I used to only put my Citrus tree outside (it's dead now though which upsets me 'cause I started it from a seed), but now that I bought my own house with a deck I'd like to get one of those little portable greenhouses with a cover so that I can put out my cacti and succulents and not have to worry about wind, rain or animals damaging them. Ooh, and my Sansevierias too. Maybe my Orchids might appreciate it too, no?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 8:42PM
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Mike I have (and I just counted) 210 plants...
jades, hoyas, philodendrons, 50 plus cactus, 50 plus succulents, corn plant, lots of sans..., christmas, thanksgiving, and easter cactus, just to name some..
and yes all go out side...my hubby built me a cove just off my patio to put my plants and that protects them from wind and direct sun...so yes Mike the little jade cutting will be out there too...

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 9:52PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hello Everyone!

Mike, the cactus and succulents would love to be outside! Just watch the sun they get. Some can only take part sun.

I will be gradually moving them out under a shrub I have.

Your jade has been out getting it's sun, and is starting to look like Nancy's...LOL!

rizo- I plant tomatos for a special moth/catapiller we have here. :)

Linda! 210!! Oh my! Sounds like you have a great husband and wonderful place to put everyone!

I was going to put my "elk" fern out for some fresh air today, but the wind was horrible!! couldn't. :(

I will put one hoya out to see how it does, only have a few, not gonna feed them all to the wolves! ROFL! Hubby will be putting up shelves in front of windows for the rest. :)


    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 10:10PM
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I live my aralia indoors because apparently they don't like going outside once acclimated to being indoors. I also tend to leave my Norfolk Island pine indoors about half the time for similar reasons -- I can't really get it acclimated to full sun, and honestly being outside doesn't really seem to affect its growth rate at all.

Everything else goes outside, though (partially because, in the summer, I just don't have room for all of my plants indoors. My dorm has more plant space in it than my bedroom).

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 9:40AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hi Mike, I only have a "few" hoyas that stay indoors in my florida room, and more hoyas in my "roofed" but not covered entryway. That's really about it really. I don't grow any other plants inside other than Hoyas. I have a few larger hoyas that stay outside about 340+ days a year. It only comes in during very cold nights and hurricane threats. I grow all my Jades/Succulents, TC's, CC's, citrus,mango and few others all outside...again only coming inside during extreme weather. I do grow most everything outside, just easier for me.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 3:12PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Mike, and garden friends!

I start sunning my plants during the warm days in February and March...but I don't leave them outdoors until May 1st (approximately).

Succulents (and vegetable seedlings) are the first to hit the east-facing back deck:
Aloes, Christmas Cactus, Jades, Peppers, Portulacarias, and Tradescantia (Wandering Jew).

On the front deck, in a partially shaded southwestern exposure, I put more sensitive pants:
Hoyas, Pachira, Maple and Osage seedlings.

Eventually, I put my Dinner Plate Aralia outside, too, on the back deck. However, I provide it some shade throughout the day.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 9:57AM
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bunnygurl, I am sorry you lost those babies you started from seed..:-(..I myself have a pop greenhouse..Yo would be suprised at how many plants like these..Just make sure not to roast them..It can get pretty hot in there this time of year...

Linda, my goodness, you have been super busy..lol

Hi Jojo!!

You are so fortunate to have such warm weather so early..Your plants are going to thrive in your state, that is of course they are under a shade cloth when it hits 120 degrees..Ouch!
Where are you going to hang your "elk horns" by the way? lol
I am curious to see what your jades look like after a couple weeks in your sun. Please post them , I would love to see them..:-)

amccour, I bet you wished you had more room..Thanks goodness for the outdoors and warmth!


You are SOOOOOOOOO lucky to be able to grow anywhere you want! I would probably have one or two indoors, or just one plant at each window, and a couple in dull places, then ALL the rest of my dozens would stay outside for sure, especially my citrus...34o plus days of the year.Lucky you..;-)

Hi Josh!

Sweet! You have been keeping busy for sure..Your pics are wonderful.. I was wondering what plants you leave behind indoors, if any at all? I know you have "hoyas" one of your favorites..Do you hang them all outdoors too? we will chat soon.

Take care garden friends..

Stay warm and healthy!


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 2:11PM
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Well just about everything that I can find room for and proper light. I move them around everyday to get them the proper amount of sunlight too.
Oh I am so glad it is spring.....I have been cleaning like a mad women and my house reeks of soil since I have been doing so many new plants. I just love an early spring. I hear from the old farmers( and they are usually right)that it is going to be hot and dry summer this year.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 2:29PM
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Mike, I'm going to answer in reverse..'Which plants do I NOT bring outside?' lol

African Violets
Orchids 'except 1'
Palms,.'low light'
Aglaonemas, 'especially those from Thailand.'
Think that's it..hmm..Toni

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 5:49PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I have been busy, Mike! Thankfully it's the weekend!

I don't put all the Hoyas outside...but I do rotate them into stronger sunlight throughout the season.

The plants that stay inside with me are African Violets, Bromeliad, certain Christmas Cactus, Monstera deliciosa, Peace Lily, Philodendron, Spider Plant, and String of Pearls.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 6:20PM
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Thanks Josh,...I don't take Spider plants out either..but if you've ever been to Great America, you've probably seen their Spiders..Oh Lord, they sit in direct sun, and foliage is huge..From mid-summer to fall, 50-75 shoots hang down from mom, and flowers galore..Beautiful.

Josh, is there a reason you don't set out Christmas Cactus?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 8:30PM
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Everything goes out.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 10:13PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)


Mike, we don't get that hot.. LOL!! 110-113 in summer though.. :)

The elk(statghorn)... haven't decided yet.. Still looking for the right basket. :)

The Jades(yours) are getting such beautiful color! I will get a pic soon.

I'm way off schedule these days. By the time I get used to hubby being home, it will be time for him to go back to work...ROFL!!

Hope everyone is well!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 9:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hi, Toni!
My local nursery has some massive Spider Plants outdoors more of the year, too. They bloom profusely, and are cascading and huge!

There are only a couple pots of Christmas Cactus I keep indoors. They have a very sunny spot, and so I don't bother to move them. The big CC goes outside, however.


    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 11:42PM
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I am with rhizo. I don't take anything outside. I don't want to have to deal with taking pests inside in the fall.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 1:57AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Seldom have I ever had a pest issue.
I find that healthy plants are less susceptible to attack and are able to better tolerate the winter.
I also find that outdoor beneficial predators control pests more efficiently than I ever could.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 12:30PM
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Hi Josh,

Well I have have had pest problems and it was a mini disaster. One that I don't want to repeat. What you say about beneficial pests is true, but if you get the right pest, such as scale, there aren't any pests that will deal with them effectively. At least I've never seen one.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 12:40PM
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I don't really get pest issues from taking plants outside (unless it's something that's REALLY pest prone. Hi, you stupid A. Squarrosa*. Fortunately, none of the aphids or whiteflies this thing got ever spread).

The high humidity outside keeps mites in check. Scale and mealies... I don't see those much around here, and bringing those in on and infested plant from the store is far more likely.

I DO tend to get a lot of spiders. I stopped caring about bringing those in with me, so a fringe benefit of growing plants has been that my arachnophobia has improved a lot.

Anyway, I'm moving to an apartment next year for gradschool. No dorm means no going home for the summer means no putting plants outside. I think I'll be okay for the most part, except for a few things:

* Delonix regia - This doesn't really make a good houseplant, and it's pretty much deciduous. It's actually stayed more-or-less in-leaf this year, but it needs to be outside to get properly leafy.

* A. Squarrosa - This doesn't seem to make a good plant indoors or out, although outside it actually grows beyond just replacing old leaves.

* Blechnum gibbum - Way too dry for these indoors. It seems perfectly capable of surviving half the year in a fairly brown-and-crispy state, but it *needs* summers outdoors. I might have to set up a humidity tent for it or something.

* Pineapples - A little too dry indoors for them, and they need full sun to really grow. Also they're sort of huge.

* Key lime - It doesn't grow well indoors. It does okay and won't die, but it just does better outside.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 5:46PM
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everything goes outside..this year however I have a cactus thats aprox 6ft tall and about 2.5-3ft wide that will probably stay in because the husband really can't stand me this time of year..me and all my plants

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 8:05PM
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Slugs and ants are sometimes a problem for me. Orchids emit a honeydew which ants love and can farm aphids on the plants. I soak all orchids in fall in buckets of water to drown any ants. Slugs will eat smaller plants if I have the pots on the ground. I use an organic product (can't remember the name) and sprinkle it around the base of any pots sitting on soil. This works very well.

Most mites on Plumies disappear over the summer outdoors. There are many beneficial insects which visit plants summered outdoors. I've never had a major problem.


    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 9:04PM
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Jane..I have seen your Orchards and they are magnificent!

Do you put them all outside? Under a tree or shade?

Thank you...


    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 1:31PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

If I buy anymore plants, hubby may put me outside..ROFL! I'm bugging him on his vacation for shelves...:)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 4:02PM
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Thanks, Mike you have some beauties too. I put most outside. I have moved to a new house and have downsized my plants to only a few high-light plants. The rest can manage with lower light. High light plants (Catts & Dens) will go into full sun after getting acclimated. Lower light will get part shade in afternoon. Most orchids can tolerate higher light levels than recommended.

I keep the plants which want cool temps indoors. Phals will go outside in part shade.

Most orchids benefit spending the summer outdoors as do my 'dirt plants.'


    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 11:43PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I wasn't even thinking about pests when I made my post much earlier, lol! Nope, I was simply remembering all of the ants, spiders, slugs, worms, sowbugs, lizards (when I used to live in SC), and other hitchikers....most of which don't cause any problems to speak of but I don't want them INSIDE my house.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 4:22AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Another thing...
Since most of my plants are grown in gritty mixes, there isn't really an hospitable environment in which the critters can hang out. My Hoyas, on the other hand (which are grown in nearly pure bark), are always full of frogs when I bring them in. It takes about two months to return the frogs to the wild.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 10:00AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Oh Josh!
Too funny!! What a fun surprise! :)


    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 10:23AM
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