Monday, October 6, 2014
Bring Your Houseplants Inside but Leave the Bugs Outside Part 2
I have to admit-this is a tedious job. Sometimes I consider just hauling the darn things in and not worrying about any bugs that might come with it. But then I remember a few years ago I had 3 Banana plants (along with some other plants) that I had brought inside without cleaning them up. Guess what-they died that winter from a spider mite and scale infestation and the rest of my plants barely made it through the winter. I battled the bugs the entire time. So now I make it a Fall ritual no matter how much I hate it. This system does not guarantee my plants stay healthy, but I have not had a problem since I started doing this. Here is a picture of one of my long gone Bananas:
This post is the second part of a post I wrote Titled "Bring Your Houseplants Inside but Leave the Bugs Outside". Here is a link to that post if you would like to visit it and check it out before you start: http://sproutsandstuff.blogspot.com/2014/09/bring-your-houseplants-inside-but-leave.html
For this you will need the following:
1. Large plastic tub-large enough to fit you plants pot.
2. Dawn dishwashing detergent.
3. Epsom salt
4. A sponge
5. Hose with sprayer.
6. A spray bottle
First thing you need to do is fill the large tub up with water. Add a couple of squirts of Dawn and a handful of Epsom salts as it is filling. When it is about halfway full place your plant in the plastic tub. Get some help with this-you don't want to throw your back out. I had my 16 year old son help me. When the plant is in the water fill the tub up until it is over the top of the pot. Some of your dirt will start to float out of the pot-this is normal if your plant hasn't been in the pot very long. You will leave the plant in the water anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Here is my plant sitting in the tub:
During that time fill the spray bottle with water. Add a dash of Dawn and a pinch of Epsom salts.
Wipe down the pot and then rinse off.
I hope you find this post useful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or leave it in the comments section.
As always-Happy Planting!