Fall houseplant tips and an invitation to a plant swap

Gardens of Babylon will host its first-ever plant swap as part of Night Market on Friday, October 18, starting at 6 p.m.

Gardens of Babylon will host its first-ever plant swap as part of Night Market on Friday, October 18, starting at 6 p.m.

Well, Nashville, it seems like we almost skipped fall. It’s hard to believe that last week we were sweating in 99 degrees and this week we’re pulling out the wool sweaters.

Gardens of Babylon Landscapes (recently nominated for a national merchandising award) wants to help make sure that all of your houseplants that enjoyed the extra sunshine outdoors make it safely back inside before the temperatures drop too low. Above 50 degrees is typically safe for houseplants, but we like to err on the side of caution when it comes to our precious green friends!


  • Bring tropical houseplants inside approximately two weeks before your average last frost date. (i.e., TODAY!)

  • Important — wash your plants! The last thing you want this winter is an indoor infestation of pests that hid on your plants that are transitioning inside. Just spray them with a hose and treat with horticultural oil to remove pests that can’t easily be seen.

  • Move plants into a bright area. A south-facing window will more than likely be the brightest spot in your home. Depending on the type of plant and its lighting requirements, feel free to scatter them throughout the house, keeping in mind the amount of light that comes in compared to the amount of light required to keep your houseplants thriving.

    • High light: cacti, succulents, palms, bird of paradise

    • Medium light: Monstera deliciosa, bamboo palms, philodendrons

    • Low light: Sansevieria, Pothos, Spathiphyllum, Dracaena

  • Avoid overwatering and overfertilizing plants during the winter months. The fall and winter means your plants won’t work as hard to photosynthesize, which creates less of a need for water and fertilizer. 

  • Your plants will have grown while enjoying the extra sunshine, in which case you might consider pruning or repotting. If you choose to prune, don’t cut off more than one-third of the plant; repot into a container that is at least 2 inches larger than the one it’s in.

Plant swap

If you’ve found yourself with too many houseplants or you want a change of scenery, join us for our first-ever plant swap (during the Nashville Farmers’ Market Night Market) on Friday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. Meet local plant nerds, swap stories, and make new friends. Participants will get one raffle ticket per plant. Each ticket will be good to trade for another plant. 

Just bring a pest-free plant (or two or three) to trade — potted or bare-roots. Bring your plants at 6 p.m. and start swapping at 7 p.m. While you wait for us to organize your plants, feel free to browse the garden center and take in Night Market.

Don’t have any plants to swap? Come anyway to enjoy Night Market and our party.

If you have questions or need help, feel free to stop by our Garden Center at NFM (open seven days a week) or send a note to retail@gardensofbabylon.com.


David Gonnerman