Winter houseplant care can be daunting. There’s no surprise that the winter months can be hard on our houseplants and us. Half of the time it is our fault and the other half it’s not our fault and there’s nothing we can do, but here are some great tips to help your plants survive winter inside your home.
Buy a Humidifier
The winter months can be brutally dry inside your home, especially if you have to heat your home. Turning the heat on can make the air very dry so adding in a humidifier will help keep the air moist for your tropical houseplants.
Add Extra Lighting
It’s no doubt that winter is dark. There’s less sunlight coming in which means less light for your houseplants to photosynthisize. Add in grow lights for your houseplants in darker areas. Not only will you brighten up your home, your houseplant will be so happy.
Cut back on fertilizing
Many people will tell you to stop fertilizing during winter. I still fertilize but a very diluted amount. My plants tend to still grow during winter and if they are still growing I’m still going to feed them.
Move your plants
If you notice your plants are unhappy then you’ve got to experiment. Moving your plants to different rooms/ windows can help your plant. During winter the light changes so rooms that worked during spring and summer may not work during winter.
Hot Tip! Keep plants away from freezing, drafty windows and heaters, vents and hot air.
Water based on need
There are a lot of opinions on watering plants during the winter. Many say you need to water less because your plants are dormant and don’t require as much water. I find that my plants grow all through winter and are often drying out faster because of the dryer air. I water based on need and not based on the season.
The darker days can bring on the winter blues that’s for sure. Bringing plants into your home can brighten your space and bring joy during the long winter months.