Helping your plants survive Winter
Fall is officially upon us and Winter is soon to follow. Today I want to share a guide to help you all care for your plants through the cold weather seasons. Using this guide your plants are sure to be ready to push out lots of new growth when the growing season arrives! The key to Winter plant care can be described as essential care. You want to give your plants the essentials without giving them too much attention.
Drafts – Protect your plants from drafts. You may find that some of your more sensitive tropicals need to move to a new location in an effort to keep them as warm as possible. Below you can see that I moved my entire Calathea collection to protect them from the potential draft of this southeast facing window.
Light- During these next few months we will be working with less sunlight. Our plants will receive less light since the days are shorter and the sunlight they do receive is less intense. There are a few ways you can approach this. Moving your houseplants near a South or West facing window these spots will remain sunny throughout the day. In the event that you don’t have access or exposure to windows in those directions you should consider adding supplemental light. I like to use the Easy Bright grow light! It does give off that violet/purple light but honestly I don’t mind it’s a vibe 😉
Watering- Our plants are not as growing as much, if at all during the winter months. This means they won’t require as much water. The days are shorter, darker, and colder pretty much equals rest for our houseplants.
Feeding- Since our plants are using less energy during the winter they don’t need the regular feedings like they do during the growing seasons. My advice is to hold off on feedings but if you decide to feed cut/dilute by 50 percent.
Humidity – The cooler air tends to be a bit drier. If you have tropical plants in your space you may have to increase the humidity. First, if you don’t already have one I’d suggest getting a humidity meter favorite one is this 👉🏾 HYDROMETER If you’re looking for other options you can increase the humidity by grouping your plants together, or placing pebbles in a tray of water and sitting your plant(s) on the pebbles.
Disturbing – Because plants are typically resting during this time it is a good idea to let them do just that. My general rule is no re-potting or clipping for propagation until the Spring.
Using this guide your houseplants are going to have a great chance of making it through winter ready to thrive and push out lots of Spring new growth 🤗