With winter fast approaching, you might be wondering how to preserve your beautiful houseplants so that they can survive to spring. Here at Mitchell’s Nursery & Greenhouse, we’ve curated essential tips and tricks to keep your houseplants healthy and vibrant all winter long!
Give Them Light
Indoor Plants usually need plenty of light. Move your plants closer to windows so they can absorb the natural light, but not so close that they can catch a draft during particularly cold days. You can also invest in a grow light for them. The amount of light you give them depends on what’s best for each species. Some plants prefer shade, whereas some would benefit from the use of grow lights.
Adjust Your Watering Routine
Indoor plants need less water as the season changes from fall to winter. Although the air grows drier during the winter months, plants do not grow as fast or even become dormant. If you water too much, your plants may develop root rot. We suggest checking out information on your particular plant to see what works best for them. Cacti and succulents that tolerate drought usually don’t need watering. Use room temperature water when you water so you don’t shock the roots. The soil near the surface of your pots may dry out quicker than during warmer weather, so push your finger 1 to 2 inches into the container if it is a large container to see if it’s truly dry before watering. On smaller containers, feel the weight of the pot to see if it is dry. It is also a great idea to rotate your plants ¼ a turn every time you water your plants so that they can get equal amounts of sunlight to every part of the plant.
Temperature & Humidity Control
As temperatures plummet, bring your plants inside. Most houseplants are tropical in nature, so they will enjoy warmer temperatures. Try to keep your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit for happy houseplants. Keep your plants far from cold drafts as well as heat sources like ovens, fireplaces, radiators, and electronic devices. Random fluctuations in temperature will kill houseplants quicker than long periods of intense heat or chill. Misting them with a spray bottle or mister will help them grow. If you have a large number of plants and a spare space designated for them, you could also invest in a humidifier. You may enjoy the more humid air also.
Pruning and Repotting
The best time for pruning and repotting depends on the type of plant that you have. Most plants do not need repotting or pruning during the winter unless they are actively growing. Repotting is usually best done in spring just as they have a burst of new growth.
Bug and Disease Control
If your plant starts to waver because of a bug infestation or plant diseases like Anthracnose, Botrytis Blight, or Leaf Spots, you can use Neem Oil or Insecticidal soap to get rid of the issue. Sometimes all it takes to get rid of insects is just physically removing them. Utilizing these tips, solutions, and tricks, your houseplants should stay happy, lively, and beautiful during the cold months ahead. Happy Planting!