Starting to bring plants inside for the winter

If the weather reports are accurate, temperatures will drop to 30°F on Tuesday night. That would be the first freeze of the season. Even though most of our plants should be able to handle a light freeze, I’ve started to bring some potted specimens indoors. These aren’t necessarily the wimpiest plants I have, but they are the ones I definitely do not want to lose.

The first batch of plants went on this rack in the dining room. It is lit by an OttLite floor lamp. While not real a growing light, it did the trick last year.


The plants on this rack include Manihot esculenta, Kalanchoe orgyalis, Agave guiengola ‘Crème Brulee’, Encephalartos ferox, Euphorbia ambovombensis, Euphorbia bupleurifolia, Euphorbia cylindrifolia subsp. tuberifera, Pilosocereus pachycladus

The other plant holding areas are in the loft upstairs. The window sills are a bit narrow but they do allow the plants to receive maximum light.


Dorstenia gigas, Dioscorea elephantipes

More plants are going on a cedar chest pushed against the wall below the big window.


Kalanchoe luciae ‘Fantastic’, Encephalartos longifolius × horridus, Dendrosicyos socotranum, Caesalpinia pulcherrima + Melocactus azureus


Kalanchoe luciae ‘Fantastic’

As you can see, there is plenty of room left. I’m sure I’ll bring more plants indoors as winter progresses.



  1. Ah, if only I had such small pots to bring indoors, and some nice big windows like this.

    1. They won't be small forever. The plants, that is :-).

      Last year I had many more plants inside, but I'm getting to be more selective.

  2. Every available space and free window sill helps :) wish we had lots of big windows like yours!

    1. The big window upstairs does help. I'm glad there's still room left for any emergency "evacuations."

  3. Yea for having special guests inside for the holidays!

    1. long as the guests come by themselves and don't bring any "friends" (i.e. pests).

  4. Oh to have that much window space!!!

  5. So many windows soon to be stocked with precious succulents. Perfect!


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