How to Grow Beautiful, Healthy Plants During The Winter?
During the winter, houseplants tend to grow more slowly. Compared to the summer, which is when they are at their peak, winter weather results in less light, shorter days, cold temperatures, and dry indoor air. To help them stay healthy throughout the winter, you need to make a few changes to the way that you care for them.
Use less water.
During the winter months, indoor plants don’t need to be watered quite as often. Overwatering is one of the primary reasons why houseplants die. The roots of the plant require air every bit as much as moisture and nutrients. If the air pockets in the soil fill up with water, the plant won’t be able to thrive.
Before watering your plants, check the soil to see how dry it is. Ideally, it should be dry to a depth of about 2 inches before you add more water. Give the plant enough water to completely saturate the soil, allowing any excess to drain out of the bottom of the pot. Empty the saucer under the plant after watering rather than allowing the pot to continue sitting in the water.
Don’t use fertilizer.
During the winter, plants become dormant. That means that they don’t require fertilizer.
Clean the plants and ensure they are getting enough light.
Any dirt or dust that accumulates on the leaves of the plants can keep them from getting enough light. Plants require light for photosynthesis, which is a process that helps feed them. Here are some tips for cleaning plants:
Wipe down the leaves gently using warm water and a clean rag. Alternatively, you can also place the entire plant in the shower. This cleaning method is effective for getting rid of spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs, scale, or other pests. When you are done, remove any leaves that are dead or brown to keep disease from affecting the plant.
Clean your windows regularly to allow more light into your space. The amount of light coming in the windows will change along with the seasons as the sun changes position in the sky.
Adapt for this movement by repositioning your plants as needed to ensure they are getting as much light and heat from the sun as possible. If they don’t you can always buy grow lights to aid their growth.
Don’t place your plants close to cold windows are drafty areas. Avoid setting them near heating registers, as well.
Add more moisture to the air.
During the winter, indoor air can become quite dry. One way to remedy this problem is by placing small pebbles in the bottom of saucers and filling them with water. Set the pots on the saucers, ensuring that they are not in contact with the water. Arranging plants in a group can also help, as can running a humidifier.
Get ready for spring.
As the days get longer in February, your houseplants will most likely start to show signs of new growth. During this time, you need to increase the amount of water that you give them. You should also fertilize them with an organic fertilizer. Always check the soil to make sure the plant really needs water. In terms of fertilizer, only use half as much as recommended. As the season goes on, you can continue increasing the fertilizer and water as needed.
Prune your plants.
The end of the winter is the perfect time to trim your houseplants. Plants often get leggy during the winter since they don’t get much light. Pruning will also help encourage plants to put out new growth.
Freshen up the soil.
Take the plant out of its pot and repot it in a clean, fresh pot using new potting soil. If necessary, break up the root ball of the plant and increase the size of the planter by anywhere from 1 to 2 inches.
Finally, make sure that the houseplants that you have in your home are appropriate for your space. For instance, if your house is naturally dark, avoid buying plants that do best in the sun. Similarly, avoid putting shade-loving plants directly in the sunlight.