Just like we as people slowdown in winter, so do our houseplants. As explained by Nan Fischer from Natures Path, when plants are thriving in summer, they are subjected to low light levels, short days, dry heated air, and a chilly house in winter. As their growth habits change, so must our indoor gardening tasks.
1. LESS H2O.
Interior plants need less water in winter. A major cause of killing any kind of plant is over-watering. Air spaces in the soil get choked with water. Plant roots need air as much as they need water and nutrients.
2. HOLD THE FERTILIZER.
Plants are dormant in the winter and do not need an artificial boost of growing power.
3. LET IN LIGHT AND KEEP PLANTS CLEAN.
To accommodate low light levels, keep leafy plants clean. Dust cuts down on the light necessary for photosynthesis, which feeds the plant. Here’s how you can keep plants clean:
- Use a rag and clean warm water. This is a good way to remove pests such as aphids, mealy bugs, scale, and spider mites, too. Finish up the makeover by removing brown and dead leaves to prevent disease.
4. INCREASE HUMIDITY
To combat dry indoor air, put rocks or pebbles in saucers, and fill with water. Be sure the bottom of the pot is not touching or standing in the water. Group plants together for more humidity, or run a humidifier or vaporizer.
4. PREPARE FOR SPRING
In February, the lengthening days will produce new growth on your houseplants. Your indoor garden will need more water and some organic fertilizer. Continue to check for water, and fertilize at half-strength. As the days continue to get longer and warmer, water and fertilizer will need to be increased.
You can be successful with houseplants from the start when you buy the right plant for the right space. Don’t try to grow a sun-loving plant in a dark room, and don’t put shade lovers in direct sun.
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