Hello again friends, this week we're chatting about overwintering plants and panting pumpkins. Overwintering plants refers to the process of bringing your plants in for the winter to keep them from frost. However, it's not as simple as just hauling them in, so we'll give you some tips for that. You'll want to acclimate them slowly, and spray for any infestations that may have descended upon your green friends in the months outside. The transitional period is also a great time to do some cosmetic grooming, or even repot a plant after a summer of growth. On an unrelated but exciting note, we've got a pumpkin painting workshop coming up this Saturday, the 21st of October. This workshop is for kids and parents, so bring the family along! You can register for that workshop, and future events by clicking here.
Moving Your Plants In for the Winter:
Do you have large tropical plants that you brought out to the porch for some sun? Or maybe you have jasmine or geranium plants outside that you want to save. Now is the time to bring them in! Especially on nights that fall below 45 degrees (Fahrenheit). In the words of our Creative Director, Caitlin, "if you don't want to be out at night in a tee shirt, it's probably too cold for your plants." With that in mind though, you don't want to shock your plants. A quick transition into the house might cause upset. The way around that is to bring them in slowly. Start with cool nights, and bring them back out on warmer days. Then, slowly increase the amount of time they spend inside. First a day, then two or three, and work your way up to a nice extended stay inside. In all likelihood, plants that you've got outside need at least bright, indirect light, so be sure to find them a sunny spot.
Also, a pro-tip for bringing plants inside. The last warm days they spend outside are great opportunities to spray them with Neem Oil or organic insecticidal soap. You just want to be sure you're not brining any uninvited guests into the house, and to your other plants. Be sure, too, to give your plants a few treatments before bringing them inside indefinitely. Having to fight off whiteflies or aphids is so much easier outside that indoors. Between sprayings, take a close look at the leaves as well. Check for any new or unusual spots, excessive yellowing, &c. If you catch anything early, you'll thank yourself later. While you're in there, you can also groom out any yellow leaves, any ersatz growth, and such. You could even repot your plant if it seems to have grown so much over the summer that it needs a new home!
Pumpkin Painting for Kids And Their Parents:
Are your kiddos little burgeoning artists? Do you want all the flare of Halloween pumpkins without playing with knives and candles? Pumpkin painting is for you! This coming Saturday, 10/21/17, we have a Pumpkin Painting Workshop for kids aged 3 and up. You can register for this workshop by clicking here. And the best part? I'm teaching it! So if you've been reading these blogs, and you wonder what I'm like in person, this is your chance to find out! The way it will go is that we'll have some planned patterns that you're welcome to follow along with, or you can indulge artistic free-spiritedness and do your own thing. Parents, do plan to work with your kids and help them out. You'll work together to create the perfectly sweet Halloween accents for your the porch, or even your kids' rooms.
If you have any questions about the workshop or about plant care, please reach out at 203-661-5600, or by email at [email protected] We're here to help out! Otherwise, good luck bringing all your green family in for the chilly seasons, and we'll see the artists among you on Saturday!
Justin Lievano is excited that now when people ask, "Oh, you have an English Degree... do you plan to teach?," he can say "In a manner of speaking, yes." He also works in the Flower Shop at McArdle's.