Helping Your Indoor Plants Survive the Winter
Keeping your indoor plants healthy during the winter is tough. Whether you have year-round houseplants, or container plants you brought inside from your yard, they all face the same challenges – from fluctuating temperatures, limited light and short days – that make it less than ideal growing conditions for your plants.
While all hope might seem lost, there are a few steps you can take before and during the cold seasons hit to ensure your green thumb doesn’t go black.
Switch Up Your Watering Routine
This might sound shocking, but indoor plants need less water during colder seasons. Even though winter is drier, plants grow slower during cold weather, and therefore they need less water to survive.
To find out when it’s time to water your plant, stick your index finger into the soil and check to see if it’s dry an inch or two below the surface. If it’s dry, that’s when it’s time give it some water.
While most plants need less water during the winter, it’s not the same for all houseplants. So be sure to research the types of plants you own to understand their watering needs.
Find The Right Temperature
Your plants need a constant temperature to stay happy. If the temperature in your home fluctuates too much between day and night, your plants won’t survive. Keep your plants away from cold drafts and sources of heat (think radiators, ovens, and fireplaces).
Increase The Humidity
Humidity is the hardest thing to come by during cold winter months. It’s also essential to help your plants thrive! Buy a humidifier for your home, or if you have one, move your plants close to it so they can reap the benefits.
If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, you can increase humidity for your plants by grouping them close together – plants naturally release water through their leaves by transpiration, and the closer they are the more moisture they’ll share. Another option is to move your plants to your bathroom and let them bask in the humidity and moisture from your showers.
Relocate With The Sun
Because there is less sunlight during winter, it’s important to relocate your houseplants to a brighter spot of in your home that gets good natural light. If that doesn’t work, then you can add supplemental light for your plants with LED growing lights. You should also rotate the pot when you water them so every side of the plant gets light and can grow evenly.