INDOOR PLANTS YOU CAN GROW OUTSIDE IN THE SUMMER
Finally, summer has returned, and we can shake off the cold, dreariness of Spring and enjoy the sun and the warmth of the outdoors! However, we humans are not the only ones that love to get outside in the Summertime – some of our house plants do, too. In order to let your plants enjoy their time in the sun, there are a few things you should consider first.
These are our favourite recommendations for indoor plants you can grow outside in the summer!
First, you need to know when and how to move your plants outside – the right way.
While the thought to move plants outdoors in the Summertime because “plants naturally grow outside” may sound like common sense, this could quickly and easily kill your favourite houseplants if not done the right way. Here in the U.K., the temperatures are typically much colder than your average houseplant prefers, so timing is the first essential in moving them outdoors. It may be tempting to move your plants out with the first signs of Spring, it’s best to wait until the first day of summer when the warmest weather of the year is more or less guaranteed, and the sun is shining the most.
The second important factor to moving your houseplants outdoors is the how: up and moving a plant into your garden without warning could be as disastrous as placing it outside too soon and letting the cold kill it. You will want to acclimate your plant gradually overtime so they can gently get used to direct sunlight and the elements; moving your chosen plants outside for a short period of time one day and increasing it each day for a week can is one option, while starting your plant in the shade and slowly move it into direct light is also a great practice.
These are the indoor plants that we love to bring outside!
The most common genus of succulent, the Echeveria, gained its current level popularity because of its laid back, low maintenance care requirements. These sweet little succulents have thick leaves that retain moisture for ages and withstand direct sun, so they’re a perfect addition to your outside space! Keep in mind that when outdoors, you should check to see your Echeveria’s soil for water slightly more often, but a consistent, bi-weekly watering schedule (depending upon the weather) should work perfectly!
Stonecrops (Sedum genus)
Another succulent variety that would love to live outside in the summer would be a stonecrop, also known as a Sedum. These plants come in all different species with their unique shapes, colors, and patterns, but they are typically characterized by their tiny, delicate size and tendency to spread when given plenty of space. Because Sedum are often ground cover in the wild, find a space with bright, indirect or filtered light, like underneath a taller container plant or the trees in your yard.
Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
At Pretty Cactus, we love a good Spider Plant; not only are they great plants for beginners, but they are adaptable and resilient enough to live outdoors in the Summertime. Because of their thin leaves, a location with filtered sunlight where they can live as a hanging plant will be the perfect spot. Also, not only is a Spider Plant wonderful for attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden outside, but they are also completely pet-friendly, too!
Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola)
The beautiful Umbrella Tree, also known by its botanical name Schefflera arboricola, is another gorgeous, easy care plant that works well with both brand-new and veteran plant parents. In nature, these trees often grow in direct light and moderately humid conditions, making it perfect for a life outdoors in a U.K. summer. While hours of full sun can burn a Schefflera’s leaves, not enough light can cause it to go limp; experiment with partially shady areas until you find the perfect spot to keep your Umbrella Tree happy.
Yucca (Yucca aloifolia)
We’ve talked about the striking Yucca tree before as a hardy, resilient plant and the same can be said of them outdoors! For this plant, it’s best to find a spot outside that gives a couple hours of shade each day and keep an eye out for yellowing on the leaves; that’s your sign that your Yucca is getting too much sun. These trees often grow in sweltering heat, so they may make the easiest transition into the direct summer sun in the U.K.
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