I have many house plants, palms, dracenas, lilies, asparagus ferns, rubber...

Asked April 2, 2019, 11:03 PM EDT

I have many house plants, palms, dracenas, lilies, asparagus ferns, rubber trees, aloes. Can any or some of these be moved from their wintering indoors to direct sunlight and if so, do they need to be slowly acclimated to it?

Hamilton County Ohio houseplants

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Plants that are moved from indoors to outside must always be gradually acclimated to their new environment. Start by placing them in a shaded area for a few hours and then gradually increase the amount of time they are outside and the amount of light they are exposed to. Note that the light outside is many time brighter than inside. So succulents like your aloe may be okay in full sun, but plants like ferns and dracaenas are likely to get badly sunburned. Other factors to consider include wind exposure, which is lacking inside and temperature variation. Houseplants generally don't like temperatures below 50 to 55 degrees and should be brought inside on nights when temperatures are apt to drop below this. Here are some links to further information: www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/summer-houseplant-care/ and http://extension.illinois.edu/gardenerscorner/issue_05/spring03_05.cfm