A green indoor environment can lift your spirits and keep your home fresh during the winter months. Being surrounded by plants when it's cold and bleak outside, can be a wonderful gift. Did you know that indoor plants can discern the seasons? As a matter of fact, indoor plants cope with winter the same way as their outdoor counterparts - they move into their dormant phase.
Although houseplants in winter require less care, their needs will change throughout the season. You can use this simple guide to keep your indoor plants happy and healthy until spring!
1. Don’t repot
Is your houseplant outgrowing its home? Repotting in early to mid-winter is not recommended. During the cooler winter months, indoor plants grow at a slower pace and are more susceptible to transplant shock. Ideally, you should repot just before spring. After transplantation, it's best to keep the soil evenly moist and out of direct sunlight for a week.
2. Huddle plants together
Houseplant hug time! Organising your plants in groups has benefits beyond just aesthetics. Indoor plants create a warm cocoon of humidity when they're grouped together. Try placing a dish or cup of water in the middle and let it slowly evaporate. You will create a tiny microclimate that can trap moisture, just like a rainforest.
3. Don’t panic if leaves die off
Your houseplant may drop leaves naturally as part of its life cycle. During winter, some plants shed their leaves so they don't have as much foliage to maintain.
4. Water less
In winter, indoor plants are in a semi-dormant state and require less water. Overwatering can be a common cause of houseplant problems, so be sure to check the soil and only water when necessary. If you live in a cool climate, hydrate your plants with lukewarm water rather than cold water straight from the tap. Tropical plants can suffer from shock, leaf loss and other issues if their water is too cold. Some succulents, like cacti, are drought-tolerant and may not require watering at all.
5. Beware the heater
Heating can lower humidity and increase the rate of evaporation. Many houseplants are native to tropical climates and enjoy a warm environment, but be aware that reduced humidity can cause issues. With enough water, some indoor plants will thrive by the heater, while others will be severely damaged from the heat and dry air. Keep an eye on plants close to heat sources and increase watering, or move them as required.
6. Clean dust off leaves and windows
With shorter days and less daylight available, every photon counts. To make sure your houseplants receive as much sunshine as possible, gently wipe dust from their leaves and make sure your windows are clean.
7. Reduce fertiliser or use our specialised Winter plant food
We are often asked, 'Don't indoor plants need a break from fertilising during the Winter?' Correct! Plants can be easily damaged by overfeeding during the dormant period, however our Winter plant food is different. It is designed to offer protection from cooler temperatures, enhances photosynthesis during low light levels, and provides gentle nutrition to build plant health. It contains the world's highest quality source of triacontanol, an amazing natural plant hormone with remarkable benefits.
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