How to Keep Indoor Plants Healthy During Winter

Just because indoor plants live inside your home throughout the year doesn’t mean their requirements remain constant with seasons. Winter is one season that requires houseplants lovers to be attentive to their plants. This season comes with several plant stressors, including fluctuating temperatures, dry air, and short daylight hours. To keep your houseplants healthy during winter, you should modify their care. Here are easy tips for keeping your indoor plants healthy during winter.

Expose Them to the Light

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Light is an essential requirement for healthy houseplants. However, the days are short during the winter months, which means plants receive little light compared to other seasons. For this reason, you may have to move your indoor plants to the brightest spot of your home for a couple of hours daily. If the light source is coming from one side, you may have to rotate the plants. This is to ensure the plants get uniform light exposure.

If the brightest spot is near the windows, ensure the windows are clean to allow maximum light passage. Be wary of frosty windows. In regions where sunlight is nearly absent, you can introduce supplemental lighting.

Dust the Leaves

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You may not realize it, but plants collect dust on the leaves. This dust can reduce the amount of light the plant receives through the leaves. You can use a damp cloth to wipe off the dust. Alternatively, you can use microfibre, feather duster with a spray of mild soap and water. Cleaning the leaves will allow the plants to receive adequate light during the winter season.

Check Out for Pests

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Pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects thrive and breed in warm and comfortable environments. Examine your indoor plants thoroughly by checking under the leaves and on top of them for signs of pests infestations. It is easier to get pests under control if you detect them early.

If any of your plants have signs of infestations, separate them from the rest to avoid spreading the infestation. Treat the infested plants by spraying neem oil or applying insecticidal soap until the infestation is over.

Keep Your Indoor Plants Warm

Most indoor plants thrive in temperatures 70 F to 80 F during the day and 65 F to 70 F at night. They don’t thrive in large temperature fluctuations. Protect your plant from the cold by;

  • Preventing the leaves from hitting the cold windows
  • Keeping the plants away from open windows or doors and cold draughts
  • Moving the plants away from the window sills at night

At the same time, you should keep your plants away from direct heating sources like fireplaces, running heaters, and vents. Direct heat can scotch delicate foliage or dry out your plants.

Adjust Your Watering

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The majority of houseplants require less water during the winter period. This is because the growth rate of plants during winter is slow, and in some cases, some go dormant. In most cases, you should reduce watering to once every two weeks. For succulents, you can water them once a month, and particular species like cacti may not need watering at all.

While adjusting your watering is vital, don’t forget to observe the plants. When you note that the leaves are turning brown, yellow, or crispy, it is a sign that the plant requires water. Similarly, if you feel about an inch of the soil in the container plant is damp, then hold off on watering.

Conclusion

You don’t have to lose your plants because it is winter. Adjust their light exposure, check out for pests as you dust the leaves, and adjust your watering schedule. Do you want to learn more about indoor and outdoor gardening? Subscribe to our blog today!

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