Easy Ways to Help your Plants Transition from Summer to Fall (or from Warm Weather to Cold)
Yair and I are both from the tropics so we know all about having to transition from Summer to Fall ourselves. I drink hot lattes all day, pull out my onesie sweatsuits, and my hot blanky (I think normal people refer to it as a heated or electric blanket.) Yair likes to have the heat up in the house so he can still wear t-shirts and swim shorts.
But just like us, plants need to adjust to the weather as well. And they can thrive in cooler weather if we know how to make them comfortable.
With Winter and cold temperatures on the horizon, making sure your plants are in the healthiest spot before things get colder is important so that your plants thrive in Winter.
Here are some easy steps to take!
CACTI SUMMER TO FALL TRANSITION
- Similar to house plants, reduce water slowly so that once you reach Winter weather, you are watering with either a quarter amount of Summer watering or holding off on watering all together. We know it’s hard but many cacti and succulents go dormant in the Winter so it’s actually best for them!
- Pro-tip: This also means that cacti and succulents are the best plants for any kind of travel plans! They need monthly watering when it's hot and basically nothing when it's cold!
HOUSEPLANT SUMMER TO FALL TRANSITION
- As you notice temperatures start to cool off and sunlight decreasing, you may want to slowly reduce the amount of water you give your plants so that by the time full Winter weather hits, you are watering it with a half the water you would use in Summer or holding off on watering completely. Less heat and sunlight means less evaporation of water so they don’t need as much.
- Pro-Tip: If you have hardy plants like our houseplants: Pothos, Small leafed philodendrons like heart leaf, brasil etc. just make sure to pay attention to how much water they need and remember:
- If they are underwatered, your plants will look wilted and will come back so quickly once watered.
- If they are overwatered, some leaves will turn yellow and fall off.
- Wash dust off houseplants with a damp rag so its leaves can make maximum use of available light that can reach the surface of the leaf.
- Prune any leaves or sections that are looking a bit off. Cutting these off will ensure that all of the plant's energy will go to its healthiest parts.
- Check your plant care instruction card that comes with each of our plant kits. We include watering instructions for warm + cold weather so you know how much water is best for your plant.
- Move your plant somewhere it will get more consistent bright indirect sunlight as the hours of sunlight decrease. Not sure what this looks like? Check out our blog all about how to understand indoor light.
- Make sure you know What Your Plant is Trying to Tell You.
- Don’t move your plants under grow lights. Many plants are dormant in winter and it's their time to rest between growth periods!
- Clean windows to allow maximum light transmission
- Room temp water will help to not shock roots!
- Take note of where your plants are in your home - if they are near a heat source or cold draft, move them to a more mild and consistent temperature location.
We all make changes in how we take care of ourselves as the seasons transition by getting out our warm clothes, changing up our home's decor so it feels cozy and comfortable. Your plants just need a little environment change to feel comfy as well!
p.s. If you live in the tropics, disregard this email...and please send us an invite to your house until the cold passes. I’ll even leave my sweatsuit onsies at home.