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Acclimating Houseplants to the Outdoors

May 01, 2020

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Nakia Maples, aka the “Philly Plant Guy” and leader of his eponymous Facebook group, is an expert on tropical houseplants and succulents. He shares advice on general care with us — with a focus on preparing to bring these plants outside for the spring and summer months.  

Many plants can be finicky when it comes to relocating or changing growing conditions. If this process is not handled correctly, it can sometimes result in shock to the plant, and withering. Nakia recommends a gradual acclimation once nighttime temperatures have reached sixty degrees. Start by giving your plant full shade for a week and spend an additional week rotating between full and partial shade. Over the next week or two, they will gradually strengthen and enjoy larger amounts of sun for growth, with proper fertilizing and watering.

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