How to freshen up indoor plants

If your indoor plants are looking a bit tired, why not give them a summer respite outdoors? There are just two basic rules you’ll need to follow: don’t let them get sunburnt and remember to bring your plants inside before the weather turns cold.

Find a nice cool, shaded spot and leave your indoor plants there for a few weeks. Every so often, gently hose over the leaves and be on the lookout for pests such as caterpillars, snails and possums. Trim off dead sections with scissors and, if the roots are overcrowded, either divide and separate the plants or pot them into a larger container and add some slow-release plant food. With a bit of pampering, your plants will be rejuvenated by their summer break.

You will find more than 50 jobs to do around the garden this month, including sowing flowers from seed, in the February issue, out now.