While the snow is covering our gardens completely and the streets are frozen, indoor plants are a great solution to have some greenery to look at. Nevertheless, they won’t keep themselves alive if you don’t give them at least minimal care. Here are a few tips to care for your indoor plants and keep them alive and well during the winter months.
Give them the right amount of water
Most people don’t really know how much water their plants actually need. During winter, the issue is not plants not getting enough water, but instead carers over watering them. Some plants need tube totally dry before being watered. This means more than just the top of the soil needs to be dry. Make sure to check a few centimeters deeper toes if the soil is still moist. If you keep a humidifier in the room where the plants are, keep in mind that they won’t need as much water as they will take some moisture from the air.
When watering your plants, take them out of the saucer they usually stand in and run them under the tap. Wait until the water has stopped dripping to put them back to avoid any excess water stagnating.
Plenty of light
Light is surely harder for plants to get during short winter days. However, just like us humans, they need plenty of sun rays to stay well and alive. To get the most of daylight, move your plants to a well-exposed room where the sun will shine for the most part of the day. It is even better if you can put them directly behind the window.
Finally, dust the leaves often, as dust will reduce the amount of light the leaves can absorb. It is in the little things!
The right temperature
Indoor plant soften come from tropical regions, and can be very particular about the temperature they need. Do your research beforehand and adapt the temperature inside your house. An environment too warm or too cold will end up killing most of your plants. This is also something to watch if you go away for a few days; leaving the thermostat just above freezing point could have devastating consequences!
Repot and prune
Winter is also good time to prune and repot your plants. While succulents do not necessarily need that type of care, it is essential for woody and vining plants. Pruning and repotting will prepare your plants for budding and regrowth when spring comes around.