September 3, 2013
Planting indoor plants outdoors
They have been in the ground now for a few weeks and are adapting fine. But before you rush over to go buy some, stop. There is a trick to it. And the trick is to find "indoor" plants for sale outdoors. Here in the Phoenix area, the best place to look is in the K-Mart garden center. Because you are not looking for fresh, healthy plants newly-delivered from the green house. You are looking for sad, tired, ready-to-burst-their-pots plants that have gotten shuffled over to one corner, to eventually be thrown away.
The sansevieria that you see here were from two small pots which were $3.99 each. Sansevieria sends up "pups" so there were several in each wildly-overcrowded pot. I took them home, gently pulled the plants apart, trimmed them and planted them with care. They are growing strong now, and I expect them to do well until the frosts of January arrive. In a way, this is like planting annual flowers, you don't expect them to last forever. But they are beautiful and will put on some nice growth in the time that they are here in The Tropical Paradise. And when they are finished, it will be time for more experimenting.
Posted by Brad Hall