The cold weather is officially upon us. For those of us with houseplants this tends to be a trying time of the year. The lingering thought, will my plants survive until Spring, is a constant nuisance. Well it is for me anyway. So here are a few tips to get us through these next few months with our plants still intact!
Check on your plants
Make sure that you are still checking on your plants! Check them for pest and continue to dust their leaves give them some maintenance as needed.
Know your zone
If you don’t already know find out your growing zone. Here’s a link that may help: Growing Zone You can use this information when decided what plants you will have the most success growing! This can also help you in creating the indoor environment your plants need to thrive.
We will have to make do with less of our beloved Sunlight 😩. Mimicking the natural is possible by using grow lights. I have purchased 2 grow bulbs and I’m just using the lamps that I already own to supplement light in my space. I also suggest a mechanical timer so that you don’t need to worry about remembering to turn the lights off.
Here is a more expensive option just in case you’re a big spender 😉
Protect your plants from drafts
Make sure that none of your plants are directly against window panes, or directly in front of drafty doors that open up to the outside air. Try to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. I’m usually right around 75 degrees possible up to 77 during the winter months. I feel like if I’m comfortable with the temp my plants should be fine.
Creating the proper humidity for tropical houseplants is kind of a big deal! The winter bring drier air for most of us. Before I was just using a sprayer to mist my plants but that was not enough. Now I’m using 2 methods, the first is grouping plants together so that they can create their own natural humidity. The other is through the use of a humidifier. Both of these methods work really well and I also use a hydrometer to check the humidity levels. This is important because I don’t want to create mold.
Humidifier & Hydrometer
Plants grow slower and some even go dormant during the cold months. So, you want to continue checking the soil of your plants, down at least and inch or 2. But you’ll plants are going to need less water during the winter. Remember each plant can have varying watering needs this remains true year round. When you do need to water them use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plants roots with cold water. Most cacti and succulents won’t need water at all until spring!
Basically winter is like down time for your plants so let them get the rest they desire. I would suggest waiting until the spring before re-potting and taking any plant clippings.
So these are my tips for caring for your plants during the winter months. I hope this helps and share your tips in the comments!
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