The leaves are turning and the temperature is falling.
It is time for those houseplants that vacationed outside during the summer to come back inside.
Remember to look your plants over carefully for any insects that may have taken up residence on them. Check the leaves for aphids, spider mites, scales, or slugs. Use a spray bottle or a hose to knock these insects off the foliage. Look on the underside of the leaves too as hitchhikers love to hide out there!
Soil is another place pests can hide. Soaking the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes will force insects out of the soil. If snails, earthworms, or other insects burrowed in the soil, you might want to repot the plants, placing a piece of wire screening over the drainage hole to keep them out next year.
Check for anything that looks out of the ordinary. Insects and their cousins are not the only things to look out for. Consider culling out anything that looks puny, stressed or sick. If you are like most of us you probably have limited space in your home so make sure what you keep is high quality.
Once your plants are inside they may take a little while to acclimate to their new surroundings. Since they will be receiving less light than what they have become accustomed to, they may suffer from leaf drop or yellowing of leaves. Plants that are inside will not require as much water as they did when they were outside. Most plant fatalities occur by loving owners who are showering too much love and care on their plants.
Avoid putting the plants near heat registers or areas where there may be a draft.
Plants prefer a higher humidity than we have in our homes. Grouping plants together can help them retain moisture. Another idea is to fill a tray with pebbles and water and set the potted plant on top of it. You can also mist the plants with water from a spray bottle.