With A Little Care, Houseplants Can Thrive In The Winter
As most gardeners know, having houseplants in our homes and offices offer a lot of benefits:
- Reduced carbon dioxide levels
- Increased humidity
- Reduction in certain pollutants
- Reduced airborne dusts
- Noise reduction
In order to take advantage of all those benefits, we need to know how to properly care for houseplants throughout the year. Even in winter.
Believe it or not, winter is hard on houseplants. Dry air, lower light levels, shorter days and chilly temperatures make it difficult for houseplants to thrive. Come to think of it, kind of like humans!
Be that as it may, the care routines for houseplants need to be adjusted during the winter months.
The most common problem that houseplants suffer from in winter is overwatering. It is important to let the soil totally dry out between waterings.
Houseplants prefer 40%-50% humidity but most homes usually only have 5%-10% humidity. Brown leaf tips and appearance of pest like spider mites are signs that the air is to dry for the plants. Misting them occasionally will help restore the desired humidity levels.
The sun is at a lower level in winter and is not out for as long. This results in less light for plants that generally require a lot more. Try moving plants to southern or western facing windows to improve how much light they receive.
Most houseplants are tropical and prefer temperatures between 65 degrees and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Naturally, temperatures can go below these levels with drafts and opening of doors. Be mindful of where the plants are located to help them stay warm.
With a little care and planning, your houseplants can thrive all winter long.
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