Keeping your plants happy and healthy during fall and winter season is a challenge. Short days and long nights, low relative humidities can be stressful to many houseplants.
Here are few tips to help your green friends to get to spring time in good shape:
More houseplants die from overwatering than from any other cause. Plants don’t need as much water during cold season because their growth rate slows down.
Reducing the frequency of watering is the best way to limit the amount of water a plant receives.
Most plants benefit when the soil is allowed to dry slightly between waterings. This dryness ensures that oxygen penetrates to the plant’s root system, oxygen that is just as essential for good plant growth as water.
Humidity levels drops when outside temperature goes down and more so when we turn heat on.
Plants requiring high humidity are best placed in bathrooms or kitchens; rooms normally more humid than the majority of the house.
Mist your plants once a day or place an open container with water next to your plant to increase humidity level.
The angle of the sun changes during the fall and winter. This means plants that once received lots of light during the spring and summer may be getting only half as much now.
Move plants that require bright light to a new location for the next few months if needed.
Rotate your houseplants every week or two so they receive light evenly on all sides.
Houseplants slow their growth processes in winter. Wait till spring to fertilize your plants.
Dust on leaves prevents plant from “breathing”. Wiping leaves regularly with a damp cloth will take care of this problem.
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|High Light||South or southwest-facing windows. Direct sunlight.|
|Medium Light||East or West facing windows. Partial, filtered or indirect sunlight.|
|Low Light||North-facing windows. No more then 20 feet from the window. Bright fluorescent light at least 8-10 hours a day.|
Note: if you can’t read a book as it is too dark in a certain areas than it is too dark for any plant as well.
Window direction is not the only factor to understand your light situation. What is outside the window makes a big difference. Another building, large tree, etc. will block direct light and will effect lighting environment.
Want to learn more about light? Read our Light Guide.