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Safely move houseplants outside

Every year, well-intentioned plant owners decide to move their houseplants outside for the spring and summer. As a result, thousands of houseplants die from too much sunlight. Here are some things to keep in mind when changing the location of your plants.

• The best way to move houseplants outdoors is to bring them outside and place them in the shade of a large tree or bush. In most instances, they can remain under the shade all summer and will perform very well.

• Sun-loving plants and fast-growing trees can be moved into brighter light gradually.

• Remember, the most intense light levels occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

• Limit houseplants’ mid-day light exposure to ensure they become better adapted to the outdoors.

• Once the houseplants have had time to adjust to the bright light, start a fertilization program. This is best done using water-soluble fertilizers such as Miracle-Gro or Peters. The directions for mixing and the frequency of application can be found on the product label. Using more fertilizer than the recommended rates can damage plants.

• On hot, dry summers some container plants may need to be watered every couple of days. Don’t allow plants to become water-stressed before applying water.