With freezing temperatures predicted for three nights in a row, I scrambled to move my houseplants indoors tonight (Wednesday) before they could be damaged. I had moved them outdoors on June 5th. Moving the plants was complicated by my desire to get some things done before I brought them in.
I re-potted the jade plant(s). Every time a branch or leaf falls off, I stick it in the soil, so there are several plants from the same original plant. They haven’t been growing well, and I hope that they’ll do better in the new pot. This pot is larger, and made from terra-cotta, so it should “breathe” and keep the soil from being too moist. We’ve had a lot of rain recently and I think the excess moisture was making the jade roots rot. I used a mix of regular potting soil and sand to improve drainage.
The jade plants (Crassula ovata) had been growing in the yellow pot in front.
I also pruned dead or damaged branches, leaves, etc. from the other houseplants before I brought them in. Here, you can see the lemon tree on the right, Surinam cherry tree on the left, and (barely) one pineapple plant between the trees. I decided to get rid of my other pineapple plants (there were two growing in one pot) as they didn’t look as good as this one and I wanted to make some room. The lemon tree added a lot of foliage this year but it only has one fruit on it. We harvested about a dozen lemons last winter.
I also moved my lemon grass, fern, and Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s tongue) indoors. I moved the marigold planter, zinnias, cosmos, and dwarf pomegranates into the garage, which should stay above freezing overnight.