At summer's end, indoor plants need attention too

This Aug. 31, 2022, image provided by Jessica Damiano shows houseplants vacationing outdoors over summer. They will need to undergo a gradual transition back into the home to avoid shock. (Jessica Damiano via AP)

As summer winds down, we tend to focus on enjoying the last of the season's harvests, clearing away spent plants and planning next year's garden. But indoor plants need our attention now, too.

PLANTS THAT ARE COMING INDOORS

Houseplants that spent the season vacationing outdoors need a proper transition back into the home to avoid shock.

If they have outgrown their containers during their holiday, this is a good time to replant them into a larger pot. Select a container no more than 2 inches wider than the current pot and replant in fresh potting mix, then water well.

Overgrown plants can often be divided into two or more. Spider plants (Chlorophytum), peace lilies (Spathiphyllum), flamingo flowers (Anthurium) and peacock plants (Calathea) are among those with clumping root systems that lend themselves to division.

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