Winter is the time that houseplants prepare themselves for the coming year and take time to rest. Did you know that it’s essential to make changes in their care? Rushfields Plant Centre gives you tips to prepare your indoor plants for winter to get the most out of their next season. Read on to provide your houseplants with the proper winter care.
7 Tips on Houseplant Winter Care
Decrease the amount and frequency of water. Winter is the time that houseplants go into dormancy. This means their growth is slower, and they don’t need much water. Water only when the top layer feels dry. When watering your houseplants, use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant’s roots. Avoid overwatering in winter. This may cause root rot. Cacti and succulents don’t need water at all until spring.
Increase your indoor humidity level. Heat sources make our atmosphere cosy and warm during winter, which causes yellow or brown leaves on your houseplants. You can increase humidity by misting your houseplants or placing a shallow tray with a layer of wet gravel or pebbles near heat sources.
Move your plants to a brighter spot. When the days become shorter and daylight is rare, houseplants may suffer from too little sunlight. Move your indoor plants to a sunny window, like west or south-facing window. Rotate the plant regularly, so each side of the plant receives equal sunlight.
Let maximum light get through your windows. This means you should wash your windows and open the curtains or shades during the day to let daylight reach your houseplants. Wipe your houseplant’s leaves with a soft, damp cloth so the leaves can absorb light more effectively.
Postpone repotting until spring. Although you may want to repot your houseplants into larger pots, it’s best to hold off on repotting when the plant is actively growing, like springtime. Fall and winter aren’t good times to disturb the plant and its root system.
Remove dead or yellowing growth on your houseplants. Pruning faded leaves stimulates new growth when the growing season starts.
Don’t feed your houseplants in winter. When houseplants are dormant, they don’t need fertilizer to help set up new growth. When new growth appears in February or March, you can add plant food.
Why should I stop fertilizing my indoor plants in winter?
You should stop fertilizing your plants in winter because this can lead to various problems and affect the plant’s overall health. We recommend fertilizing your indoor plants only in spring and summer during active growth. The winter is the time to relax and enjoy your indoor greenery. Springtime is just around the corner when you can get busy caring for your houseplants again.
Buy everything you need to take care of your houseplants at Rushfields
Rushfields Plant Centre provides you with handy tools to care for your houseplants in winter. Buy plant misters, water meters, hydrometers, mulch, and watering cans.
Please visit our garden centre in Poynings, Sussex for more advice or information about houseplants care.