As winter approaches, the drop in temperature poses a threat to house plants. While indoor plants cannot withstand snow and wind, the conditions at home also change during the cold season. Indoor plants lack immunity to cope with the cold and resist drastic temperature changes. Therefore, you need to adjust your care methods to ensure the health and thriving of your plants in the future. In our blog, you will find tips that will simplify plant care in the winter and help you maintain their health despite the cold.
The amount of sunlight a plant receives correlates with its water needs. During winter, when there is reduced sunlight, drier air, and slower plant growth, houseplant care primarily involves less watering. The plant requires less water to maintain hydration, as overwatering can lead to root rot. Caring for houseplants, such as drought-tolerant cactus and other succulents, in winter may involve ceasing watering altogether. Although the topsoil may dry out quickly on cold winter days, it doesn't necessarily indicate the need for watering. Check the soil at a slightly deeper level. Use room temperature water instead of cold water, as tap water's cold temperature can harm the plant's roots.
During winter, with the heating of the house, humidity levels drop to 10 to 20%, and the dry air can harm plants. To prevent damage to potted plants, humidity should be maintained at a minimum of 50%. To increase humidity, we recommend the following:
When the sun rises late and sets early, plants receive less sunlight, so position them near a window. Rotate the pots ¼ every week to ensure sunlight reaches all sides.
Avoid temperature extremes, as abrupt changes can lead to significant issues for the plant. Steer clear of cold and hot air sources, including radiators, fireplaces, and other electrical appliances.
Note: If you brought the plant from the balcony into the apartment, and its leaves have fallen, don't be alarmed. Falling leaves are entirely normal as plants adapt to the indoor lighting conditions.
As mentioned at the beginning of the blog, the plant experiences minimal growth in winter; hence, it is advisable to cease fertilizer application during this season. Fertilizer is no longer necessary from autumn, and resuming its use is recommended in spring. Here are some additional tips:
1. Warm and dry conditions in the house attract many insects harmful to plants. Periodically, turn the leaves and check along the stems. If you find any pests, try to remove them with your hands or a cotton swab moistened with alcohol.
2. Ensure attention to the cleanliness of the leaves. If you don't have special gloves, use a damp cloth.
3. In winter, as we spend more time at home and feel inclined to make changes, you might consider transplanting your plants. However, under no circumstances should you transplant the plant during this cold season. The optimal time for transplanting is when the plant is actively growing. In winter, the roots are not prepared to adapt to new soil and a new pot. This change can even lead to the death of the plant. Plan to replant in spring or summer.
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