Winter is most likely one of the easiest times of year that a houseplant struggles to thrive. The growing conditions that come with winters such as lower light levels, dry air, shorter days and chilly temperatures put a strain on houseplants and they can really depreciate. The answer to your problems when it comes to house plants surviving winter is to adjust their care routines and find alternative ways to nourish them. It’s all about the basics and adapting them to suit.
In the winter months, the sun sits lower in the sky and light levels near windows can drop as much as half. This should be an area of priority if you want your plants to survive.
In order to help your plants in the lower light you need to think about changing the way you care for them, some of the ways you can do this include:
- Moving your plants closer to windows, or moving them around with the sun’s rotation throughout the day.
- Make sure your windows are clean, this allows for maximum light to enter your home.
- Change a plant’s location permanently through the winter if you know they’re going to get better light.
- Add artificial lighting such as a plant grow light. This ensures that your plants are getting exactly what they need.
- Make sure any dust is removed from plants. Yes, your plants can gather dust from sitting in your home. In order to achieve maximum lighting, it’s a good idea to give them a wipe over.
Although it’s important to make sure you’re having the temperature of your home for your comfort throughout the winter it’s best to be wary that houseplants are affected by the temperature of your home. Most houseplants are tropical and like warmer temperatures and like it to be cooler at night, this isn’t always possible with the really cold nights. Some of the things you can do in order to protect your plants with the right temperatures include:
- Stay away from drafts and direct heat sources (radiators)
- Make sure your plants are near a window but keep them several inches away, don’t allow them to touch.
- If you live in an area where it frosts overnight, moves your plants away from the windows around dusk.
- Use a heavy-duty shade to place between the plants and the window in the evenings to stop the damage from cooler weather.
During the winter months, your home is less than ideal when it comes to the humidity that houseplants like. They need a temperature of around forty to fifty percent whereas your home is only likely to offer five to ten percent in winter. You should look out for brown leaf tips, mites and spiders as these are signs of low humidity.
Often the most common problem with houseplants is that they get overwatered. Most houseplants (nintyfive percent) need to have their soil completely dry out before they require their next water. Only water when the root is dry. Remember that if you humidify your rooms in the winter the plants won’t need watering as often. Never let your plants sit in water that has collected in the drainer pot below.
These are just a few ways that you can look after your house plants in the winter. Do you have any other methods that you can share in the comments section below?