Extra precaution should be made for plants during the winter because of the harsher weather conditions and air in the home. This post will provide you with a couple of tips and tricks on how to care for houseplants.
Fiesta Flowers Plants & Gifts are well experienced when it comes to caring for houseplants. For the colder parts of the year, there are some special considerations that you need to take note of in order to ensure your plants’ survival.
Ensure proper lighting
Sunlight is an essential part of a plant’s growth. Unfortunately, winter limits the amount of sunlight that a plant can access. For indoor houseplants, this can be a huge problem if not planned properly.
To ensure access to the right amount of sunlight, look for a room with windows where you can relocate your plants. Organize your plants according to the amount of sunlight each one requires to grow and survive. Place the ones that need a lot of sunlight closest to the window.
To maximize the amount of sunlight entering a room, clean your windows. Also, remove any obstructions that could cast shadows on the plants such as drapery or blinds.
The right amount of water
Water is another essential requirement for plants, but during winter it should be offered less often. Too much water can be harmful during the cold weather. It can make the plant prone to root rot due to the higher moisture present both in the environment and the soil.
For best results, it is recommended you water smaller plants over the sink so that the excess water is drained thoroughly. Leaving the plant soaking in water can shorten its life drastically.
Optimum temperature and humidity
Part of knowing how to care for houseplants during the winter is providing optimum temperature and humidity. When left in extremely high or low temperatures and humidity, a plant’s ability to survive is severely decreased.
To control humidity in winter, use a humidifier to prevent having an extremely dry environment. Ideal temperatures can range from 55-85F, but the optimal temperature may vary from one plant to another.
For cacti or succulents, they would not need to be repotted and should be left as is. As for woody plants, repotting is an absolute necessity during this time because it helps boost growth come springtime.
Ensuring that a plant is healthy also includes preventing any pest infestations. Altering the environment where your plants are kept can make it prone to pests.
Set a regular schedule to check them for pests such as insects or fungal and bacterial infestations. Make sure to always have a watchful eye on your plants to ensure that no pests harm them.
Part of learning how to care for houseplants is knowing that humidity, extreme cold, and minimal sunlight can leave them weakened, which pests can take advantage of. Believe it or not, speaking positively to your plants also helps them grow, especially during the winter.