As most of you know, I have a LOT of houseplants. I knew I had a lot but it didn’t seem to much when they were spread out at our previous home. But now that I have moved into a smaller home, I will freely admit that I have too many.
If you watched any of my videos when we moved here to the new house in August, we had to rent a truck specifically to get them all to the new destination. We filled a 16 foot cube truck until it was ready to pop!
And that doesn’t even count the ones that were moved in the back seats and front seats of our passenger sedans.
Most all of the plants came to my house except for the few that fit into my son’s bay window. He took some large ones there and kept them in the north-facing window and they did so well! The Swedish Ivy is even blooming now since it was so happy!
Why Do Different This Next Year?
Basically, it is just too much work for me. When it comes time to put my summered-outside plants back inside in the fall, it involves so much work searching for insects, replanting to prevent introducing insects into the house and just the physical effort needed to carry them all back inside. I have to admit that I am just not capable of doing it anymore.
As I have written about on other posts, I like to replant or top off my plants with a systemic insecticide before I bring them inside to prevent an invasion of Fungus Gnats. This has worked for me and I am continuing doing it.
But this fall, I have found mealybugs on a few of my plants that have been outside, and I just don’t have the energy to go through all that again. I successfully treated for mealybugs in previous years, but with the moving this summer, I just don’t have the motivation as I did before.
What Are My Underlying Reasons?
I guess it boils down to having too many plants and I just don’t have the room for them anymore. Nor do I have the capability of handling that many anymore.
I really feel like my blog has suffered because I just don’t have the time to write as much anymore as I take care of my plants. And we haven’t even discussed all the outside work I am doing just to prep the beds for next year.
I plan to write about that in another post. But I “seem” to be winning against the poison ivy and wintercreeper. Here’s hoping there isn’t a new surge next spring.
New Rules Next Spring
Any new plants will be decided in advance whether inside or outside. No Change.
All plants now inside and HEALTHY will remain inside.
Houseplants that grow too big for my house will be re-homed.
Try to cut down on current houseplants & find new homes. Still too many to take care of!
Good luck with sticking to these new rules.