It’s been getting colder, so I decided it was time to move the houseplants back inside for the winter. Frost isn’t likely just yet, but I thought I’d finish this task a little earlier for once. I moved the fern, Sansevieria, and lemon grass near a south window in a bedroom as I usually do.
The fern was a gift from a retired faculty member who collects them. He calls it a “turkey tail” fern because the branches that grow at the ends of the fronds resemble a turkey’s tail feathers.
I also moved the jade plant, pineapple plants, Surinam cherry tree, and lemon tree into the dining room, like I did last year. The small fruit that was growing on the lemon tree has disappeared. I suspect a squirrel may have taken it, although an unripe lemon must be nearly inedible.
To prepare the plants to come inside, I trimmed any dead or damaged foliage and branches; wiped the outside of the pots; and added peat moss, leaf mulch, or sand to the pots. I added sand to the jade plant pot because the soil level was a little low. I added peat moss to the lemon grass pot for the same reason. And, I scooped up some leaves that had formed a drift against my sidewalk and used those as mulch in several pots.