Can You Safely Move Your Houseplants to an Outdoor Space?

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Indoor plants can bring the outdoors inside, but sometimes you just get the urge to add a little tropical flair to your outdoor spaces, too. “Most indoor plants are suited for and will thrive outdoors,” Joyce Mast, Bloomscape’s Plant Mom, tells MyDomaine. “Your plants will thoroughly enjoy a change of scenery and the fresh outdoor air.”

Before you start shopping or attempt to move any of your current indoor plants outside, there are a few things you need to consider. 

First, make sure the night temperatures do not fall below 55 degrees before putting plants outside, explains Mast, “and keep in mind the lighting and water requirements for your plants.” These are questions you can ask the salesperson at your local nursery, or, if you are ordering plants online, be sure to read the fine print. 

Most indoor plants are suited for and will thrive outdoors. Your plants will thoroughly enjoy a change of scenery and the fresh outdoor air.

Also, if you are transferring plants outside, Mast reminds you that it has to be a gradual process—you will need to acclimate your indoor plants to cooler temperatures and higher light levels when moving them outdoors. "This can be done by placing the plants in a shaded spot outside during the day," she explains, and gradually moving them "into their optimal light over the course of 4–5 days." If the temperatures fall below 55 at night, it would be best to bring them indoors overnight, and the following morning once the temperature warms up, you can bring them outdoors again. 

Finally, if you are moving your plants outdoors, give them a nice cleaning by spraying the foliage to get rid of any dust particles. “It’s also a good idea to fertilize them regularly with a fertilizer for foliage plants when watering,” she suggests. 

Whether your outdoor space is exposed to the sun all day long or gets pretty much no light at all, there are several great, gorgeous, and green plant options for you. 

Partial Sun Spaces 

Palms are not only easy to take care of, they are the perfect summery plant that will add a tropical flair to your outdoor space. “Palms such as the Bamboo and Parlor will do well in a semi-shaded area to full shade,” says Mast. Remember to keep them out of the full sun—it will burn the leaves.  

Semi-Shade

If your outdoor space has a little bit of sun, Mast suggests a Monstera or a Philodendron Hope Selloum. “I love them in the semi-shaded areas on my patio,” she says. “Both are able to handle a bit of morning sun.” She adds that they even get better with age. “It will make quite the statement as you watch the lighter-colored, new Monstera leaves appear and uncurl from this beauty.”

Full Sun

For sunny areas, Ponytail Palm, Sansevieria, and Bird of Paradise plants are a great fit, according to Mast. “Depending on the outdoor size available, do not worry about placing all three of these plants in the full sun. Both the Sansevieria and the Ponytail Palm do not require much water, so feel free to relax and enjoy either of these carefree plants.”

Full Shade

No sun, no problem! “There is nothing quite like a Dracaena Limelight, with its bright chartreuse foliage, to brighten up even the shadiest area,” says Mast. 

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