Should I move my plants inside for winter?
Outdoor grower Carson in Maine asks us, “Should I move my plants inside for winter?” Great question! Well, that depends on how old the plants are. Depending on how far along your plants are in their grow cycle it’s possible to bring them inside to keep them safe from winter’s wrath.
Large outdoor grow house
Light Deprivation: Keeping Your Big, Rooted Plants Safe from Winter Like we mentioned a little while back, we don’t recommend uprooting plants grown in the ground, so if your plants are in the ground don’t uproot them. If you expect a brutal winter and your plants are in the ground or they’re grown in big (20+ gallon) grow pots that can’t be easily moved, we suggest building a light deprivation (or light dep) setup to house around them. You can use basic supplies like PVC or wood to build a frame around and above your plants, and semi-translucent tarp to drape over it, building a tent around your plants. The tarp will allow sunlight to hit your plants without directly exposing them to the elements. When you need extra light you can use T5 lights to help give your plants the light they may be missing. You can also use a portable heater to generate a little extra warmth on those extra cold nights, but be careful not to generate too much moisture in there when regulating temps otherwise you can end up with mold around your plants.
Two tall plants side by side
Moving Your Plants Indoors However, if your plants are grown in 2-5 gallon pots and are still within their vegging stage you can move them inside to finish them under grow lights. Because the flowering stage is so crucial to a plant’s harvest, we suggest moving plants inside during their vegging stage. If the plant needs to recover from shock, we say it’s better to fix those problems in the vegging stage before your plant starts making flowers instead of during the flowering stage. We think it’s much easier for a plant to repair shoots while it’s young than to repair fruit or flowers when plants are entering the later part of life. Bug bomb the room you want to move your plants in to, hang your lights and set up proper ventilation, and finish your harvest inside under controlled conditions. And while you're at it, you can prep for your next grow by taking clippings from your plants!


Devin Martinez

“Hey there Dennis!

Good question! However, it also depends on how much sunlight was hitting the plants through your outside grow. If more sunlight was hitting your plants than what the 1000W HPS lights giving out then it can do some damages to plants. The flowering stage is a real critical stage for your plants so i would make sure the same amount of sunlight that it was getting matches the same amount of wattage you were looking to use."


Hi, thanks for taking time to inform others. I was curious though, moving from direct sunlight to artificial lights, will that be an issue? I have four plants I’m bringing in because of drone traffic over my property. I’d like to put them under a 1,000 Watt HPS but really concerned the difference of light might damage. I know plants going outside need to be hardened for sunlight, is it the same bringing the in? Thanks,, Dennis

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