Houseplants are a fantastic way to brighten your house and bring a little life to a room. Not only are they a vibrant decoration, but they also improve air quality for better breathing. If indoor greenery is a part of your home aesthetic, here are some things you should consider when caring for houseplants in the winter.
During the winter season, sunlight becomes much less direct than in the spring and summer seasons. To counter this decrease in light, consider the location of your plant. Is there another room in your house that gets light a more directly? It also helps to clean the windows near your plants and dust off their leaves to maximize light intake. Finally, you can always use a lamp to bump up the light source (just remember to keep it 4-12 inches away from your plants).
Just because your house has heating and air conditioning, it doesn’t mean the indoor temperature stays constant from month to month. In fact, controlled temperatures can hurt plants if they are in the direct line of a heat source. Plants that usually sit in a window sill might need to be pushed farther into the room, as areas near windows can get extra chilly. If your windows frost overnight, it’s typically best to move plants away from the window by dusk. As a rule of thumb, most plants appreciate daytime temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees, and nighttime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees.
Your plant’s watering needs will likely change in the winter with the environmental changes. Be cautious about how much water you give each plant. Overwatering can stress the roots and kill your vegetation, as plants also need oxygen to hit the roots. So let soil dry completely in between watering rounds. If you stick your finger two inches into the soil and it is dry, then you are probably ok to give your plant more water.
While most plants like 40-50% humidity, most houses only have 5-10% humidity in the winter. You can increase the humidity in the environment by placing your plants in a cloche (a glass covering), or putting them over a pebble-lined tray filled with water. Additionally, you can move the plants to a room that tends to be more humid, such as a bathroom, or use an air humidifier.
While there are many things to consider when caring for houseplants, following a few simple rules can make this an easier task. However, if you’re worried about your ability to keep a houseplant alive in the winter, consider choosing these easier-to-maintain options for indoor plants. And, as always, you can always check in with our folks here at The Garden Boutique for help with any of your gardening endeavors.
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