How to Keep Your Houseplants Healthy During Winter
Plants are not only a beautiful natural source of fresh air but they are also a natural decoration for your house. You have to take care of your plants for proper growth. In winter, these plants need even more attention as compared to normal summer days. You have to take some extra steps to keep your houseplants healthy and looking fresh.
Winter can be the most nourishing season for your home plants or it can totally destroy your home plant collection. Lower light levels, dry air, and temperature changes with indoor heating all can make for testing conditions. Without changing up your care schedule, for example, keeping the soil moist, can put houseplants close to the brink. It happens each year like clockwork, just before Thanksgiving, your houseplants start to sag, leaves begin turning yellow, and they start to look despondent.
The main purpose of this article is to give homeowners tips they can use to keeping their houseplants healthy throughout winter. Stay with us and let’s make your home green again.
Give Your Plant a Shower
It’s difficult to accept, yet all that dust that builds up on your house plants prevents the plant from maximizing it’s ability to photosynthesize. Your plants require all the light they can get this season, so next time you water them, try to tenderly wash the whole plant or use a damp paper towel to softly clean it off.
Pro tip: Stick every one of the plants in the bathtub and turn on the shower with the spray on low.
Hold the Fertilizer Until Spring
With the arrival of winter, your plants will become dormant so you needn’t bother them with too much water. Additionally they don’t need any fertilizers in winter. In a best case scenario, extra fertilizer will simply be washed out of the pot. Under the least favorable conditions, fertilizers applied in winter and not taken in by the plant can build up and be unhealthy for the plant. Hold off until the spring to fertilize any of your houseplants.
Give Them Light
Plants as a whole need light and it’s difficult to get enough when the days are so short and overcast during winter. Plants are like humans, they need light, even more so for indoor plants. The amount of light that homes get during the winter months is short, and if your house doesn’t allow for a lot of light, you may only get enough light in specific rooms and windows for plants.
Be viligant and move your plants to windows and other places that get plenty of light during winter. Ensure that the windows are clean on the inside and out to allow in the most light.
Seal Up Those Windows
Many plants, particularly tropical plants, are easily damaged by cold air. They will drop leaves like crazy if it gets too chilly. To prevent this from happening ensure that your windows are sealed up, or that your plants are moved away from the windowsills during a hard freeze.
Do you have any tips we failed to mention? If so let us know in the comments below.
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