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Create a combo that goes from indoors to out

By: Garden Gate staff
Looking for ways to save more of your time and money? Get double duty out of your containers by creating ones you can use inside in the winter and move outside when summer arrives.

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create a combo that goes from indoors to out

Looking for ways to save more of your time and money? Get double duty out of your containers by creating ones you can use inside in the winter and move outside when summer arrives. Most house plants are tender tropicals that can’t survive temperatures lower than about 45 to 50 degrees. They generally don’t need or like full sun, but many also thrive in sheltered spots outside. Just keep them out of harsh sun and damaging wind. A covered porch or deck is a perfect summer hangout.

Lots of foliage contrast keeps this container interesting through the seasons. The key? Let the soil dry out between watering. The most common cause of house plant problems is overwatering. That’s why terra-cotta containers, which dry out faster than plastic, metal or glazed containers, work well for indoor plants.

Small, deep-brown aquarium rocks dress up the surface of the soil. Add some water to more of the gravel in the waterproof saucer to provide a little humidity and to give the pot a finishing touch.

Published: Dec. 28, 2010
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