Over wintering tropicals

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Side entrance summer planter.

I decided to try and over winter my Birds of Paradise that I had planted in my side entrance planters. I needed to get them indoors before the frosty weather arrived.

I knew it would be a challenge with the root system but I had to try.

 

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Time to repot the Bird of Paradise.

The red tubers are from the Sweet Potato Vine that shared the planter with the Bird of Paradise.

It’s a good idea to spray the plants with Insecticidal soap before bringing into the home. It will hopefully get rid of any creepy bugs or insects that might be living in the plant!!! 🐛🐜.

Gently pull apart the soil and the roots. The idea is to get rid of as much old soil as possible. The roots will feel as though they have just broken out of a pair of very tight shoes!!

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Ready to repot

Prepare a clean pot with a little potting  mix in the bottom. Place the plant as centrally as possible in the pot and fill with more Potting mix.

Place the planter into a saucer, move the plant into its new home and water it well.

 

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Repotted and in it’s new home.

 

Most tropicals need plenty of light. Monitor how well it’s doing over the first few weeks. The leaves may begin to turn Yellow, but things should sort themselves out eventually.

If you don’t have room to use them as house plants you can store them in the basement and let them go dormant. Just water once a month over the winter. The tricky part is giving them enough light in the early spring to prepare them for summer. But it’s worth a try!

Happy potting!!! 😃

 

 

 

 

 

 

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