How to keep your plants healthy through Winter
If there’s one thing that is certain when it comes to plants, it’s that plant care changes with the season. Just like the weather, sunlight, and temperature in a plant's natural environment fluctuate throughout the year, so should your indoor plant care to mirror those changes!
C H A N G I N G P L A N T C A R E I N W I N T E R
In Winter, we have a tendency to want to hibernate. Here’s the thing - our plants do too! In different seasons our plants have different needs to thrive. Most plants prefer a warm, sunny climate so when it comes to winter plant care, we need to be sure to take a step back and see how our plant care should change when it’s colder and darker.
W I N T E R P L A N T C A R E S T E P S + T I P S
- Too much water can damage indoor plants when it is cold outside. Plants receive less sun in Winter and slow their growth during this period, requiring less water. This reduction in sunlight also results in slower evaporation of water. So regular watering of plants may result in over-watering especially when that water sits in the soil longer than usual.
- Try and use room temperature water so as to not shock your plants with cold water
- Make sure your plants are located in a warm spot in your home where they can get more sun as sunlight hours wane.
- Avoid placing plants near cold drafts, cold exterior windows, or heat sources
- If windows frost overnight, move plants away from windows at dusk. You can also slip a heavy shade or other insulating material between plants and glass.
- Clean windows to allow maximum light transmission
- Wipe the leaves of your plants so leaves can take in maximum light.
- Regularly check in with your plant to try and figure out “What Your Plants are Trying to Tell You”
C A C T I + S U C C U L E N T S W I N T E R C A R E
- This one is going to be tough for some people - we recommend holding off on water until it gets warmer. If this seems like too difficult a task for you as a loving plant parent, try to water with a quarter of the water you would normally use.
- You might lose some of the outer leaves of succulents, but no need to worry. This is just making room for more growth in the spring. The problem is if you are losing inner leaves from the center of the plant - this might mean you are overwatering.
H O U S E P L A N T S W I N T E R C A R E
- Reduce water by half or more.
- Watch for signs of overwatering (like yellow leaves). Also, be sure to watch your plants closely for signs of thirst(limpness). If you think that your plant needs more water, be careful not to overcompensate and give it too much.
- Winter growth can become especially leggy. If you prefer bushier houseplants, gently prune your plant.
- Losing leaves during colder months is completely normal - your plant isn’t dying, it's just getting rid of some leaves to conserve energy and focus on the healthies parts of your plant.
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