Indoor plants, whether they are year round houseplants or plants you brought inside to over-winter, face several challenges. Want to know how to keep them happy?
- Adjust your watering routine. Indoor plants need less water during the winter. Keep in mind that different plants have different water needs; that remains as true in winter as in summer.
- Improve humidity. If you have a humidifier in your home, move your plants to where they will enjoy its benefits. If you have only a couple of plants and you think you will be very conscientious about misting, give it a try.
- Pay attention to temperature. Most plants, like people, are comfortable in daytime temperatures between 65 to 75 F. and nighttime temps above 50 F. To provide that for your plants, keep them away from both cold drafts and sources of heat, like radiators, ovens, fireplaces and electronic devices. Fluctuations in temperature can be just as damaging as prolonged periods of heat or cold.
- Follow the sun. You may need to relocate your houseplants to a brighter spot or even add supplemental light. A good spot would be a south or west facing window that remains sunny all day.
- Put them on a diet. Since your plants are barely growing, they don’t need any fertilizer. Feeding them now will just upset their natural cycle, so hold off until early spring.