Variegated Setcreasea

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Want to bring beautiful big pot of setcreasea inside for winter instead of letting it freezehas already survived 2 "light" frosts so I moved it to garage until can find some info about bringing inside; Am aware will need to be treated for bugs to protect my housefly of indoor plants Yes, I love my plants. Thank you

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Jeanee-Your Variegated Purple Hearts can definitely be overwintered indoors. I live in a warm climate and grow this plant outdoors but have grown it as a house plant several times. Before moving your plant indoors check the upper and lower sides of the foliage for any insects. Most insects such as aphids can be knocked off with a spray of water and then wiped clean. You can also treat the plants with a horticultural oil or Neem oil. I like using neem oil as it acts as both an insecticide and a fungicide. Be sure to wet both upper and lower surfaces of the foliage then let it dry before moving indoors. Place the plant in a warm location where it can get plenty of light. The plant will do well if temperatures are approximately 60 to 70 degrees F during the day, and about 50 to 60 degrees F at night. Because your plant has acclimated itself to the outdoors it may lose some of its purple coloring if it doesn't get the amount of sunlight it has been getting. Plants may also get a little leggy looking when not getting enough light but both of these conditions will correct themselves in the spring when they can be pruned back a little and start receiving more light outdoors. Plants should not need any fertilization during the winter months unless you feel they are still growing well and putting on new growth. In this case you can fertilize lightly once a month with a liquid fertilizer formulated for indoor plants. Be careful not to over water the plants. They most likely will need less water than they did outdoors. Water only when the top inch or so of soil feels dry. When you do water make sure the entire root ball is dampened with the water draining out the bottom of the pot. If the pot is sitting in a tray indoors make sure the tray is emptied of any water after the plant has drained completely. Water left in the tray can keep the soil too wet which can cause fungal disease and root rot. In the spring once temperatures warm above 60 degrees F the plants can be taken outdoors. At this time you can fertilize and prune them back if need be to help the plants fill out and look less leggy.

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