Caring For Houseplants During Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jan 4, 2017

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Here is an inside view of Alan's Factory Outlet 40' wide metal buildings.  You could even put a houseplant inside one of the metal garages to help make it feel like home.

Do you have any houseplants? Perhaps you have a favorite Boston fern or a tall aloe vera plant in your home. Though many houseplants are low-maintenance, there are a few things you can do to help them thrive despite the changes that come with the winter months.

Move Your Plants to the Best Location

Consider the location of the houseplants in your home. Make sure they are in a place where they receive an adequate amount of sunlight. Avoid putting your plants too close to a window: Windows may let in drafts that can harm the health of your plants. In addition, houseplants shouldn't be kept near a heat source, so if your houseplant is sitting next to a vent or above one, it should be moved so it doesn't dry out. Also, monitor the temperature of your home at night. Houseplants need to be kept in a room where the temperature stays between 60 and 70 degrees both day and night.

Monitor the Humidity Level

Boston ferns, aloe vera, and rex begonias are just a few examples of houseplants that thrive in a humid environment. But the air inside a home can become very dry during the winter months due to the heat produced by a furnace. One solution is to set up a portable humidifier near your plants to add some moisture to the air inside your home. Or you can put your houseplants in the bathroom and run the hot water in your shower for several minutes. Let your plants stay in the bathroom for an hour or so with the door closed. Doing this twice a week should give them the humid air they need to stay healthy.

Clean Your Plants

Keeping your plants clean can help them continue to flourish throughout the winter. Use a soft cloth, a small amount of warm water, and mild dish soap to clean the leaves of your houseplants. If you have a plant with prickly leaves, such as an African violet, try using a pipe cleaner or a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently remove the dust and dirt from both the upper and lower surface of each leaf. Cleaning your plants keeps their pores clear, allowing them to breathe and freely absorb sunlight. I suggest you put together a little kit containing a soft cloth, toothbrush, pipe cleaners, and a bottle of dish soap. That way, you're ready to clean every time your houseplants need a touch-up.

Give Your Plants the Proper Amount of Water

Most houseplants don't need as much water during the winter months as during the spring and summer. A good test to see if a plant needs water is to put your finger about two inches down into the soil. If the soil is dry at that depth, water your plant thoroughly. It's a smart idea to research how much water your specific types of houseplants need to survive during the cold weather months.

Don't forget about your houseplants this winter. Think of them as a constant reminder of the new growth you'll see this spring. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: caring for houseplants

 

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