- The Best Dual Indoor And Outdoor Plants for All Conditions
- Choosing the best indoor and outdoor plants
- 20 Indoor Plants That Can Improve Your Office Environment
- Small Indoor Plants
- Green living: 10 indoor plants that will flourish despite small spaces and low light
- Moving houseplants outdoors in summer
- News and Best Practices
- Start Indoors for Outdoor Growing Success
- Starting indoors
- Getting ready outdoors
- Moving day
- Moving indoor plants under 18/6 to the outdoors without triggering flowering
- For Vegetation Purposes
- For Flowering Purposes
The Best Dual Indoor And Outdoor Plants for All Conditions
Worried you have way too much dreary shade cover or far too much-beaming sunlight to successfully grow plants in your yard or home?
No such thing! No matter the condition, there’s most certainly a plant you can count on to breathe life into your space, inside or out.
Below, breeze through the best plants to put outdoors, bring indoors or enjoy in both your home and garden.
Choosing the best indoor and outdoor plants
The right lighting can really make or break your plants. Sure, some plants are hardy enough to grow no matter the circumstances, but to grow your plants to their fullest potential, pay particular attention to the amount of sun—or shade—they require.
Best indoor plants for a window sill (or high light)
- Parlor palm: A thin-stemmed tree with wide, showy leaves.
- Rubber plant: A tall indoor tree with round and shiny deep green leaves.
- African violet: A popular indoor plant with delicate purple flowers.
- Jade plant: An oval-leafed succulent that’s said to bring good luck.
- Orchid: An elegant, thin-stemmed plant with flowers ranging from fuchsia pink to canary yellow.
- Pothos: A grassy-green plant that’s known to clean indoor air.
- Cactus: A sun-loving container plant that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes
Houseplants that do well in low light
- Peace lily: A tropical evergreen plant with snowy-white flowers.
- Philodendron vine: A vine with heart-shaped leaves that grows in both bright and low light.
- Snake plant: A Low-maintenance succulent with sturdy, upright leaves. It also goes by another name: mother-in-law’s tongue.
- Chinese evergreen: A glossy green-leafed plant that has tropical origins.
- Spider plant: A popular houseplant with mixed green and white leaves.
Full-sun outdoor plants for your garden
- Pentas (zones 9-11): Red, pink or white-flowered plants that have a super high tolerance for heat.
- Catmint (zones 3-8): Sprawling perennials that are rich purple in color.
- Russian sage (zones 5-10): Drought-tolerant shrubs with tall, upright stems.
- Coneflower (zones 5-8): Daisy-like wild flowers that attract birds and butterflies.
- Petunias (zones 10 and 11): Popular annuals with flowers that grow in a variety of shapes and shades.
Best half-sun outdoor plants
- Hostas (zones 3-9): Dependable perennials that come in multiple shades of green.
- Diascia (zones 8-10): A flowering plant perfect for gardens or hanging baskets.
- Hydrangeas (zones 3-10): A large family of flowers that bloom in white, baby blue, lavender and more.
- Impatiens (zones 8-10): A popular annual that blooms nonstop from spring to late fall.
- Forget-me-nots (zones 3-8): A plant with distinctly blue flowers and tall, fuzzy stems.
No-sun outdoor plants to try
- Lady fern (zones 3-9): Like many plants in the fern family, lady ferns can grow well without any sunlight.
- Fuchsia (zones 8-10): A versatile group of plants that grow as small shrubs or drape delicately from hanging baskets.
- Deadnettle (zones 4-10): A fast-growing ground cover plant with an assortment of flower colors.
Best dual indoor and outdoor plants
- Geranium (zones 9-11): An outdoor groundcover or indoor hanging plant.
- Boxwood (zones 4-9): Outside, they’re shrubs that like full shade, but inside they prefer partial sunlight.
- Calla lily (Zones 3-10): In zones 3-7, they’re OK outside up until winter and can become houseplants before the frost. In warmer zones, they’re year-round outdoor plants.
- Begonias (zones 3-11): Outside they crave shade and inside they need filtered light.
- Vegetable plants (multiple zones): Veggies like carrots, tomatoes, scallions and more sprout both inside and outside.
20 Indoor Plants That Can Improve Your Office Environment
Plants can add a lot of organic character to an otherwise drab office environment. Having small indoor plants will improve the air quality and remove impurities while adding a focal point to your work environment.
You can also use large house plants to create helpful separations between workplaces — and a source of peaceful contemplation during your hectic day.
A research (PDF) carried out by Dr. Roger S. Ulrich of Texas A&M University and Helen Russell, Surrey University, England as well as other studies conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University, have revealed plants significantly lower workplace stress and enhance productivity.
The participants in Dr. Lohr’s study were 12 percent more productive and less stressed than participants who were working without plants in their environment.
Small Indoor Plants
One of the benefits of small indoor plants is they are easy to take care of, and they are resilient. With minimal care, you can keep the plant around your desk or in other parts of the office for a very long time. Key to making this happen is choosing the right plant.
Here’s a list of 20 indoor plants to consider for your office environment. Be sure to choose one that fulfills the needs of your workspace. Enjoy!
Jade, or Crassula ovata, is a small, succulent plant with small flowers. It requires minimal watering.
In Japanese folklore, the jade plant is known as the “money plant.” Legend has it its presence brings financial success. The reason for having this plant in your office should be crystal clear!
The African violet, or Saintpaulia, is a flowering plant that requires a bit more maintenance than some of the others on this list. However, it takes up very little space, so it can be perfect for small desktops.
The peace lily, or Spathiphyllum, is a large, space-filling plant that can also clean the air.
Better yet, it can grow even in low office lighting. The peace lily is ideal for an office space that lacks big windows.
Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema, makes a great office plant because it requires very little maintenance. It can also thrive in low light and remove toxins from the air.
This plant, also known as Hedera helix, is a clinging evergreen vine that can reduce airborne fecal matter particles and filter out formaldehyde.
As disturbing as it is to know those airborne particles exist, it’s good English Ivy can take care of it. This is another plant ideal for those stale office environments lacking a lot of fresh air circulating.
The parlor palm, or Chamaedorea elegans, is actually a small palm tree. This plant is ideal for creating natural separation of space in your office. And on those cold winter days, it can also add a bit of a tropical feel. The parlor palm is perfect for offices because it doesn’t require a lot of light either.
The snake plant, or Sansevieria trifasciata, has leaves that can grow fairly tall. The shooting dark green leaves have bands of a bright yellow-green on the outside. A healthy snake plant definitely attracts the eye. And a few together make another natural partition.
This flowering plant, also known as Gerbara, is a plant that can filter toxins like benzene, a substance that can be emitted by some printing systems.
These plants are large climbers, which means they can add some height to small areas. Philodendrons can also survive without a lot of maintenance.
These plants are small and come in several different varieties. They do require a significant amount of sunlight, so they are not recommended for dimly lit offices. If you’ve got a window sill that gets a lot of sunlight and tend to be forgetful, a cactus or multiple cacti would be ideal. More often than not, they’d prefer you forget to water them once in a while.
This shrub, also known as Dracaena reflexa, can grow to be very tall. It’s another plant that can provide separation of different office areas. And it also combats pollutants commonly found in varnishes and oils. If your office space has hardwood floors, this shooting plant would be ideal.
The Ming Aralia, or Polyscias fruticosa, is a tall, bushy plant. It’s perfect for offices that require a bit of privacy between workstations. It also only requires water every couple of weeks.
This plant, also known as Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It is often displayed in hanging baskets, so it can also create some visual interest in an office space.
The weeping fig, or Ficus benjamina, is a large plant that can filter pollutants from carpets and furniture, such as formaldehyde and benzene. The waxy green leaves on the weeping fig even look the part of the plastic jungle that this plant should help replace.
The ZZ Plant, or Zamioculas zamiifolia, is one of the most low-maintenance plants you can find. In addition, it can add a tropical feel to your space. And, as a bonus, some of the plants even produce flowers.
Aloe plants are small enough to easily fit on most desks. They also have air-filtering qualities, with the ability to remove things like formaldehyde and benzene from the air. The gel inside the plant can also be used to treat cuts and burns.
The umbrella tree, or Schefflera arboricola, can grow to be quite tall. It’s perfect for creating office privacy. But there are also smaller dwarf versions for desktops.
This plant, which is sometimes also referred to as the nerve plant or mosaic plant, can work well in offices because it actually thrives on fluorescent light.
Plus, the over-sized, inside-out look on the leaves of the Fittonia can serve as quite a focal point in your office space.
The Pothos Plant, or Epipremnum aureum, is a flowering plant that can fit perfectly on most desktops, though it may require occasional trimming. Aside from that, it’s very low maintenance and can be left on a desk for lengthy periods without needing much care.
This flowering shrub is not only visually appealing, but it can also filter the air to combat formaldehyde. The plant thrives mainly in cool environments, so keep that thermostat low.
Whether your concern is air quality or simply a bit of visual appeal, there are a variety of choices for office plants. Start thinking about transforming your office environment today.
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Green living: 10 indoor plants that will flourish despite small spaces and low light
Urban gardens are very popular today. They are powerful air purifiers and stress-busters, and give your pad a charming, whimsical, eco-chic vibe.
The good news is, you don’t need a sprawling mansion or a dedicated gardener to nurture your very own Instagram-worthy indoor garden. With the right plants and a few fuss-free tips from horticultural experts, anyone can find their green fingers.
Here are 10 plants that will flourish despite challenging space constraints and insufficient sunlight in your HDB flat.
FOR FRESH AIR
The Mother-in-law’s Tongue (left) is the ultimate oxygen-makers. (Photo: Super Farmers)
Fresh air is a natural mood-booster and stress-buster, and the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue produces a constant supply of it.
This compact and low maintenance plant not only filters harmful oxides and formaldehyde from the air during the day, it is also one of the few plants in the world that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, shared Cynthea Lam, founder of Super Farmers, an urban farming company. This makes it perfect for the bedroom, bathroom and virtually any living space.
Hardy and adaptable, it thrives well in bright or dark places on very little water. “Native to West Africa, its striking appearance and upright erect leaf makes it a popular choice for both traditional and modern homes,” she added.
FOR AIR PURIFICATION
The spider plant is a hardy species that thrive well in a moist but well-drained soil. (Photo: Adrian Tan)
Like the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the spider plant functions as the green lungs of your home, filtering toxins from the air so that everyone in the family breathes better, said Lam. Its long arching foliage also spruces up your space.
These hardy plants do not require direct sunlight and thrive well in moist but well-drained soil, so pick a pot with drainage holes to prevent them from getting waterlogged, she advised. “Flowers from the plant will develop into spiderettes, which can be used to grow new plants,” she added.
Replant them in smaller hanging pots to further adorn the house.
FOR MINIMAL EFFORT
The money plant is believed to bring prosperity to the entire family. (Photo Rohit Saini/)
It flourishes in indirect medium to low light environments, and only requires watering every seven to 10 days. Money plants are simple to care for and propagate.
“Select a healthy branch about 30cm in length with at least two to three nodes, cut it at a 45-degree angle, and place the branch in any container with clean water, ensuring that water covers at least one node,” explained Lam.
Since they can be grown in bottles, mason jars, old electric bulbs or any of your favourite containers, they offer more design options for HDB-dwellers.
FOR ELEGANT BLOOMS
The Peace Lily is one of the hardiest indoor flowering plants (Photo: )
If you have always wanted an indoor flower garden, the Peace Lily is a great choice. Few flowers bloom indoors without direct sunlight, and this elegant green-and-white plant is one of them. It thrives in low-light areas, but truly flourishes with moderate partial sunlight such as by the window or in the balcony.
“Most varieties do not require a very large pot and are very space efficient,” shared Pablo Inigo Pablo, senior horticulturist from Far East Flora.
FOR A TROPICAL VIBE
The yellow palm will spruce up your space with its gorgeous fronds. (Photo: Adrian Tan)
Brighten up your dining or lounging space with the yellow palm. With arching golden-yellow feather-shaped fronds, this gorgeous plant brings the sunny tropics indoors. A low- to medium-maintenance plant, it thrives in bright areas, even without direct sunlight.
Simply feed it regularly with fertiliser for leafy plants, said Pablo. An effective air purifier, it filters away volatile organic compounds for easier breathing as well.
FOR A LUSH CENTREPIECE
The Monstera has distinct heart-shaped split leaves. (Photo: Chris Lee/Unsplash)
Also known as the Swiss Cheese plant, the Monstera’s glossy heart-shaped split leaves instantly add detail and elegance to your living space. Since it does not require direct sunlight and flourishes with bright filtered light with little more than weekly watering, Lam recommends it for time-starved urbanites.
“Monstera needs a lot of space to grow and is more suitable for the living room rather than a windowsill or a tight corner,” she noted. Bear in mind however, that it is toxic and should be kept out of reach of young children and pets.
FOR A DECORATIVE ACCENT
The asparagus fern is intricate but also poisonous, so be careful if you have children and pets at home. (Photo: Super Farmers)
If you are looking for an unusual addition to your plant collection, Lam recommends the asparagus fern. Its light feathery foliage adds texture to your base. This plant prefers morning sun and bright indirect light, so place it close to an east-facing window, and water once or twice a week.
“Be careful if you have pets though. The entire plant, including berries are poisonous and should not be ingested. If this is a concern, plant it in a hanging basket to keep it out of reach of pets,” she recommended.
As the plant matures, the stems of this droopy hanging plant may grow long enough to create a gorgeous cascading effect.
FOR URBAN FARMERS
Aloe vera is a superfood, skin food and air purifier. (Photo: Igor Son/Unsplash)
For farm-to-table enthusiasts, aloe vera is a great plant to start your urban farming journey. This low maintenance plant flourishes in bright areas without frequent watering, shared Pablo. As a superfood, it is chockfull of minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It supports digestion and detoxification, and eases inflammation. You can also create your own DIY moisturiser and mask with it.
“Aloe vera releases oxygen at night, so placing it in a bedroom will help promote a good night’s sleep as well,” Pablo added.
FOR CLEANER GREENS
Air plants are perfect for compact spaces. (Photo: Far East Flora)
Love the idea of a green living space, but don’t fancy grimy soil or bulky pots? Air plants are ideal for those obsessed with cleanliness. These soil-less plants can be displayed in glassware, driftwood and stone, or even displayed hanging, and fit well in tight spaces and compact HDB flats.
“They need to be misted regularly and fed with low copper-content orchid fertiliser,” shared Pablo.
FOR LOW MAINTENANCE
The Zamioculcas will thrive despite neglect. (Photo: Tran Mau Tri Tam/Unsplash)
Zamioculcas or ZZ plants are a perfect for the lazy or busy homeowner – if left in bright indoor areas, they can survive weeks of neglect without withering.
The clincher: “This plant has a natural water-storing root system; hence, it does not require frequent watering and is one of the hardiest indoor plants,” said Pablo.
In fact, too much TLC may kill it. If you find leaves turning yellow, you might be over-watering it and causing its underground to rhizomes to rot.
Moving houseplants outdoors in summer
During the summer, you can improve the health and appearance of your houseplants by moving them outside.
Most indoor plants thrive in outdoor conditions, although it’s best to keep tender tropical plants, such as moth orchids and African violets, indoors. Rain will wash away accumulated dust, while increased light intensity promotes healthy growth.
But although they’re already accustomed to shade and warm temperatures, your plants will suffer if moved outside all in one go, so acclimatise them first.
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Follow our tips to moving your houseplants outdoors in summer.
Put them outside
Carrying a tray of houseplants outdoors
Most houseplants be put outside between May and September. Timings do vary around the country and from year to year, so to be safe, wait until about 2-4 weeks since the last frost. If your garden is exposed, then you may also choose to wait a little later.
A row of small cacti in clay pots, indoors on a table
Accustom your plants to the cooler temperatures and increased light intensity outside gradually before you move them out for the summer. Put the plants in a shady spot outside during the day and bring them back inside at night for one or two weeks first.
Where to put them
The base of an orchid plant with its green roots showing through the transparent plastic pot
Houseplants are at risk of scorching when outside, so gradually increase the light they receive. Orchids, bromeliads, Christmas cactus and air plants can be hung from the branches of a tree, for shade and protection from pests.
Watering a houseplant with a small indoor watering can
Houseplants will require regular watering as they dry out quickly when they’re outside, so check the compost regularly. Also, look out for pests such as aphids, slugs, snails and caterpillars. It’s also worth feeding regularly with a houseplant fertiliser when watering.
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Move your houseplants back to the house before the first frosts. Check them for pests first, including slugs hiding under the pot. Prune off any scorched or damaged leaves, plus any spent blooms. If your plants are dry, soak them in a basin of tepid water.
Question: “I want to move my house plants outside for the summer. When should I do this?”
Yvonne answers: The most important thing is not to do this too early or to shock your plants with conditions that they are not used to.
Your plants are acclimatized to low indoor light conditions and warm temperatures.
They also haven’t experienced strong outdoor sun and wind for a long time (if ever), and they will need a period time to get used to real-world garden conditions gradually.
This maidenhair fern house plant comes outside every summer
This is called “hardening-off” – the same process that indoor or greenhouse-grown seedlings need to undergo before you can plant them into garden beds.
Before you move house plants outdoors, it’s a good idea to re-pot them up into a larger container. Just go up to next largest pot size – avoid putting a small plant into a pot that is way bigger than its root system. Use a soilless potting mix, and water well.
When to move houseplants outside
Timing is important. Most house plants come from tropical or subtropical regions, and should stay inside until night time temperatures are above 50°F (10°C) and there is no more danger of frost.
However, other house plants – azaleas, clivias and oleanders – can take lower temperatures, but shouldn’t be exposed to frost. (If the frost-danger is slight – around the freezing mark or just under – you can cover them with blankets overnight.)
Check the average last-frost date in your area. Where I live (USDA Hardiness Zone 5), for example, that date is about May 15.
When you take your house plants outside, put them in a shady spot for the first 10 days to two weeks, and keep them out of the wind.
Be ready to put them back into the house or the garage if overnight temperatures are forecast to go lower than your plants’ tolerance, whether that is 50°F (10°C) or 32°F (0°C).
Once your house plants are outside, check them every day or two to see if they need watering because potting soil dries out more quickly outdoors.
Gradually give your plants more sunlight – a bit longer each day. If you notice white patches on the leaves, this could be a sign of sunscald, so move them back to a shadier spot. If this isn’t too severe, the leaves should recover.
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It’s a good idea to put house plants outside to take advantage of the rain, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid. Photo: Creative Commons License
It’s a question we don’t ask very often in San Diego County. But with a nice rainstorm predicted to last throughout the day, it’s an ideal time to explore this question. Why wouldn’t we want to take advantage of the rainfall to save water and give our indoor house plants a healthy drink and a good shower?
The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? In general, it is a good idea – but there are some pitfalls you need to know about and avoid.
Be sure to take advantage of our rare rainfall and put your house plants outside to play. Photo: CreativeCommons License
Good Reasons to Let Nature Water Your House Plants
Rain coming straight out of the clouds to water your plants provides several benefits. First, it gives your plants a nice and probably much-needed bath. Rain helps wash off dust and any other dirt or debris that may be on your leaves. If you have house plants with delicate leaves, be careful they aren’t outside in a rare downpour.
Rainwater dissolves the salts and other minerals in your the tap water, which remain in the soil of your plants. San Diego County’s water is exceptionally hard, meaning it contains high amounts of dissolved minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium. Do you notice the white crusty build-up on your kitchen and bathroom fixtures? Does it seem hard to get a decent lather from your soap or shampoo? Those are the effects from the minerals in hard water.
Hard water isn’t a health risk to people. But hard water will cause a layer of salt and calcium carbonate to form on the soil (or roots) which will eventually begin to repel water. Rainwater is naturally “soft” and can help flush these minerals out of the soil in your house plant’s container. A periodic leaching is a good thing.
Rainwater will also clear out the stomata or respiratory pores on your plant’s leaves, improving its ability to take in carbon dioxide and nutrients for photosynthesis. It will be healthier and grow better. This is true for your outdoor garden as well. Have you notice how nicely your plants are growing outside right now after a bit of rare San Diego rain?
Eww! Check your house plants before you bring them back inside in case there are hitchhikers. Photo: Eriger/Creative Commons License
Avoid These Hazards When Putting House Plants Out In The Rain
There are a few things you should take into consideration when you start moving all your house plants outside. Do they actually need watering? Most house plants do best when they are on a regular wet and dry cycle allowing the soil to dry out a bit in between watering.
But in general house plants can tolerate being soaked with rainwater even if the soil is already wet. Rainwater contains more oxygen than tap water. You might think your plants are dangerously waterlogged from sitting out in the rain. It’s a real risk from too much tap water, but the oxygen in rainwater gives you a margin of safety when soil is saturated after a downpour.
Even in our mild climate, rain can be cold. It’s much colder than the normal living conditions of your house plants. You won’t want to leave your house plants outside shivering too long, especially in cold overnight hours. In our inland valleys, temperatures can easily drop into the 40s and into frost range. Bring them back inside before you go to bed and don’t leave them out overnight except in warmer months.
When you put your house plants ourside, protect them (and your nice containers) from wind and other possible damage. Photo: SweetLouise/CreativeCommons License
Wind often comes along with rain. It can knock your house plants over and damage large leaves. Your indoor plants have no natural tolerance to wind. You won’t be happy if one of your nicer, pricey containers blows over and breaks. Find a sheltered area, or collect the rainwater in a bucket and bring it inside for watering.
After the rain, you need to bring the plant back indoors before the overcast clears. Direct sunlight will burn your indoor plants and can cause scorching damage to leaves.
Make a quick check on all your plants in case any hitchhikers found them: slugs or snails, caterpillars, or any other pests. They can quickly infest the rest of the plants in your house. As long as you don’t leave your plants out for more than a day or two, it should not be a significant problem.
Protect your indoor plants from access by kids or pets when they are outside, especially if they have leaves that might be irritating or toxic. Toddlers, pets, and plants don’t usually play nicely together.
Give your house plants a nice drink of rainwater when you can. They will reward you with good health! Photo: PeterFacebook/Creative Commons License
Don’t put your indoor plants with fuzzy leaves out in the rain. They don’t like rain directly hitting them. African violets are a good example, although you can find several African violet experts who think this is OK.
Enjoy our rare rain. If Good Earth Plant Company has gotten you interested in adding more indoor plants without the headache or time commitment of caring for them, let us take care of your plants for you. We would love to turn your home or office into a happy green place!
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Start Indoors for Outdoor Growing Success
January 3, 2017
More states are allowing professional cannabis growers to cultivate outdoors instead of only in enclosed areas. However, if you’re in the planning stages of a outdoor grow, it’s still a good practice to start growing your plants indoors.
Starting your grow early indoors and then planting outdoors in as much soil as possible can ensure your plants are massive. Plants reaching 10 to 15 feet can produce many pounds of cannabis and are worth the planning and work.
There are several ways to start your indoor growing, depending on your setup. For example:
- For a greenhouse with supplemental lighting, start at least 45 days before you move your plants outdoors. Use the sun as the primary source of light for positive growth, and add artificial light to extend the day cycle to 16-18 hours.
- For an indoor vegetative area, plants should be started up to 60 days before moving them outdoors. Using organic rooting stimulators (such as Rhizotonic) will strengthen the root system and prepare it for outdoors.
During this time of early indoor growth, apply any techniques—such as low-stress training—to build thick stalks and healthy roots. Pruning and training the branches to reach out for more light will make space for bud development later in the season.
Also, use the largest pots you can fit indoors. A 20-gallon starter pot will transfer outdoors with ease and provide plenty of room for branches to spread out.
Getting ready outdoors
While your plants start to grow inside, prepare the outdoor area for the long season ahead. This includes mapping out your grow space and conditioning the soil to make sure you have enough to use. When preparing to grow in the ground, dig deep holes (the deeper, the better) and remove the topsoil. Calculate how much soil to make, then fill the holes with nutrient-rich amended soil.
For an above-ground large container plant, your concerns will be in making the soil and building the plant support system. You’ll need between 100 to 500 gallons of soil per plant; several suppliers offer pots that are 100 gallons or more.
The ground soil may be healthy enough to mix with your soil amendments, and this can save you money. But if you aren’t sure, get the soil tested. There are online testing resources available, or you can take the soil to a local nursery.
After your soil is mixed and ready, cover it and move on to the next chore. If you’re planting directly into the ground, prepare your holes to receive the plants when they’re bigger. Then wait for spring; it will be during this time you will construct frames or nets.
Focus on growing the biggest, healthiest plants possible indoors for as long as you can. When it’s time to move outdoors, take your plants outside and let them acclimate for a few days to the weather, sun’s intensity and length of day. Then it will be time to transplant.
Finally, before you begin growing in the ground, be sure to loosen the soil in any hole that’s been exposed to the elements for a few weeks. This extra work at the bottom of the hole will help any deep roots to continue growing.
By Eric Stone
Cannabis Cultivation Today articles are for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal guidance or advice on grow practices. You should contact an attorney or a qualified cultivation consultant for specific compliance and cultivation advice.
Moving indoor plants under 18/6 to the outdoors without triggering flowering
Trying to get a jumpstart on this years grow,I started some Purple Hammer x Alien seeds and they have been vegging at a buddys house and are under 18/6 lighting. They are in 4 weeks in veg and looking purdy and to repay my friend for using his room (and lights) I told him to take all the cuts he wants from them. I plan to put them outside in mid-May.
I didn’t give it much thought until about a couple weeks ago. Being under 18 hours of indoor lighting and then being put outdoors in May is most likely going to trigger them into flower….or if they don’t flower it may put some pretty heavy stress on them.
I can’t ask my buddy to cut back the lighting times as it would interfere with his grow so I am a bit puzzled and surely do not want to risk fucking up these nice plants.
I did a bit of searching and found this reply from another site 😮
“It is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you synch your indoor light cycle with the natural outside light cycle before you move them outside. If you do not they will start to flower immediately, not grow, and could get seriously fucked up and not recover. Never do plants under a 24 hour light cycle if they are going to go outside. For example if your plants are under a 18/6 cycle, and you put them out in April when the natural light cycle is at 14/10 they will start to flower. Since the days are getting longer, the plant will get confused, try to go back into veg and not finish flowering. Going back and forth like this is REALLY bad for the plant and I have seen them not grow again for months after this happens to them.
You need to figure out what the length of the days are when you want to put your plants outside for your location. Let’s say you want to put them out on May 1st when the days are 15 hours long. If you have your clones under an 18/6 cycle that means you need to reduce the light cycle by three hours before they go outside. The natural light cycle changes by 15 minutes a week which is what you want to replicate. So, since I want to be at 15 hours of light indoor by May 1st, that means by the first week of February I need to start reducing the light cycle indoor by 15 minutes a week. If I start this in February I will be down to 15 hours by May 1st and the plants will not go into shock when I move them outside.
DO NOT RUSH THIS PROCESS OR YOU WILL REGRET IT. The absolute fastest you can adjust plants is one hour a week but this is a little rough on them. For example I was gifted some clones early last summer when the days were 15 hours long and the clones had been grown under a 18/6 cycle. I ran them for one week at 17/7, one week at 16/8, and one week at 15/9, then put them outside and they did OK.
You need to be sure the plants are hardened off before they go outside too. Natural sunlight is far more powerful than even the best indoor grow light and you can burn the crap out of them if you are not careful. Always put your clones under shade cloth or something like that when you first put them outside so they can get used to the more intense light. If the leaves feel “soft” at all they are not ready yet.”
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Yes, you can definitely start growing your cannabis plants indoors even if you really opt to grow your plants outdoors. As a matter of fact, germinating your seedlings indoors would lead to bigger and higher yields when harvested.
Additionally, growing your cannabis strains indoors would help you from optimizing the growth of your cannabis plants because you can be sure that your plant will not encounter the unexpected weather changes, extreme winds, and pests that may bring tons of diseases.
However, before considering this method, you should determine first the reason of doing this technique – is it for vegetating purposes or do you want to start the flowering process outdoors?
Whatever is your choice between the two, you need to understand that each presented reasons have certain precautionary measures that should be followed to avoid stressing or hurting your cannabis plants. So let’s check this out to get some smart ideas.
For Vegetation Purposes
If you want to grab the chance of vegetating your cannabis under the natural sunlight outdoors, you need to ensure that your climate is in good condition for vegetation which is after the spring season (end of June).
Note: Never move your cannabis plants outdoors during the early spring or shortly after fall because your cannabis might start the flowering process instead of continuing its growth.
Another option that you can take to avoid stressing your cannabis plants is to give your cannabis plants 18/6 light schedule when vegetating indoors or 20/4 light schedule. After such, you can continue its vegetation outdoors by slowly exposing them to the direct sunlight for just an hour or two for the first two to three days. Then after a few days, you can gradually increase the exposure to the sun until you feel like your cannabis plants are already adopting the outdoor lights.
For Flowering Purposes
If you want to initiate the flowering process outdoors, you need to ensure that the height of your cannabis plants is about 50 centimeters. Another thing to consider is the timing before presenting them outdoors because if you will put out your plants during the late time of spring, your cannabis plants would begin re-vegetating instead of flowering.
So to better manage this, you need to move your cannabis plants during the late time of summer or early days of fall because this is the only time where the daylight hours are adequately brief.
You can also expose your plants outdoors during the early spring because the time is just enough to cover the whole flowering procedure.
So whatever is your choice between the given options, make sure that you will always follow the right timing to avoid premature flowering and re-vegging.
All in all, it is 100% possible to grow your cannabis plants indoors then move it outdoors to make use of wonderful benefits outside. So when opting for this technique, make sure that you will ask for an expert advice before starting your journey to growing because this is one of the best ways for you to achieve your cannabis desires and smoke the highest quality of marijuana!