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5 Tips for Caring for Houseplants in Winter

As temperatures change outside, our indoor environment does as well. Here are our top 5 tips for caring for your houseplants in the winter. 

1. Temperature Fluctuation

Houseplants can be sensitive to changes in temperature caused by drafty windows and doors. Move plants away from these areas to avoid stress and potential die off. Same goes for heating units and radiators that blow hot, dry air. These suck all the humidity away from your houseplants in close proximity and can dry them out. 

2. Remember to Dust

As dust accumulates on leaves it blocks sunlight and reduces the plant's ability to photosynthesize. Use a damp cloth or microfiber glove to gently remove dust from the leaf surface. 

3. Lighting Check

Shorter days mean less sunlight for houseplants. Some plants will be unaffected by this change while others may need adjusting. If you notice plants leaning towards their light source, turning a pale greenish yellow, or variegated varieties reverting to a solid green you may need to increase the amount of light they are getting. Move closer to the light source or consider adding a grow light. 

4. Adjust Your Watering Schedule

Many plants fall into a state of dormancy during winter months because they are receiving less sunlight than during the spring/summer. Plants take up water based on the amount of light they receive. Less light = less water. Adjust your schedule accordingly as to not overwater. 

5. Relaxed Growth

Most houseplants will drop leaves during the cooler months due to reduced light (aka plant food). Plants will lose leaves to preserve energy, but you may notice a high volume in wintertime. This is also the time to reduce or stop fertilizing your plants. Due to the lack of sunlight, they will not benefit from the added nutrients found in fertilizer. Start fertilizing again in spring to see major growth! 



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