If you’re an avid gardener, chances are you have a few houseplants inside as well. Houseplants are also a great option for people who live in apartments and want to bring some of nature indoors! While it’s no surprise that houseplants do better in the summer, there are a few things you can do to keep your houseplants happy, healthy and thriving all winter!
• Avoid the desire to keep them next to the heater. Houseplants just need fairly warm air temperature to survive, and too much heat is bad for them – especially if they’re not tropical plants.
• Houseplants do need plenty of sun, which can be difficult in the winter. To make sure they’re getting as much sun as possible, place them on a south-facing window sill or the sunniest spot in your home.
• Never put houseplants too close to the window – if the leaves touch the window, they can get thermal shock.
• You might be tempted to water your houseplants a lot, but try not to overwater them. Always check your soil’s moisture before you water them.
• Spray your houseplants’ leaves with a spray bottle or wipe them with a damp cloth. The air inside gets very dry over the winter, so it’s important to keep them moist.
• Keeping plants indoors doesn’t mean you won’t get pests! Check the leaves every week for speckles or sticky residue.
• Wiping your houseplants’ leaves is also important for cleaning them of dust. As dust accumulates, it can plug the pores in the plants’ leaves, preventing them from absorbing as much sunlight.
• Never fertilize your plants during the winter. Many plants actually go dormant for the winter months. But don’t assume those dormant plants are dead!
Having houseplants is a great way to improve your home’s air quality and keep you happy through the long winter months!