Do you have a favorite Boston fern in your living room or foyer? Maybe you have an African violet that adds beauty to your home office. Houseplants produce oxygen and help to clean the air in your home as well as add appeal to your décor. But did you know that they need a different type of care in the winter than they do in the warmer months? Today, I've got some tips for how you can keep your houseplants healthy through the wintertime.
Move Your Plants to a Sunny Area
In the wintertime, we get fewer hours of sunlight and it's less intense than in the summer. Your houseplants need sunlight to maintain good health throughout the seasons, so you should move your houseplants to windows and other areas where they will get the most sunlight. If you don't have a window that provides enough sunlight for your houseplants in the winter, use a sun lamp to give them additional light.
Use a Humidifier in Your Home
The air in a home gets dry in the wintertime. This can affect the health of your plants. Hook up a humidifier to provide your houseplants with the moisture they need to thrive.
Keep Your Windows Clean
Putting your houseplants near a sunny window is important. It's also important to keep those windows free of dust and other debris that can block the sunlight. You'd be surprised how much sunlight can be blocked by a thin film of dust on a window!
Move Your Plants Away From Windows With Drafts
Before putting a houseplant near a window, make sure there are no cold drafts leaking through. These cold breezes can kill a plant.
Keep Your Plants Away From Too Much Heat
It's equally important to keep your houseplants away from blasts of warm air from a furnace vent, radiator, space heater, or other heat source. A houseplant exposed to waves of heat can dry out and die due to the drastic temperature changes.
Clean the Dust Off of Your Plant's Leaves
Maybe you've noticed a lot of dust starting to settle on the leaves of your African violets, ferns, pothos, or other houseplants. When you clean the leaves of your houseplants, it keeps their pores clear so they can soak up as much sunlight as possible. A paintbrush with soft bristles, a pipe cleaner, or a soft toothbrush are all tools you can use to clean dust off of the leaves of your houseplants. I suggest getting the kids or grandkids to help you with this task. They'll have fun using a paintbrush or pipe cleaner on the leaves of your plants!
Don't Fertilize Your Plants During the Cold Season
The growth of your houseplants has slowed down with the change of season, so it's best to stop fertilizing them until their growth cycle picks up speed again in the spring.
Adjust Your Watering Schedule
The slowdown in the growth of your plants means they need less water. In fact, continuing to water them on their spring/summer schedule can lead to rot.
Follow these easy tips and your houseplants will stay content and beautiful over the winter months. Thanks for reading. - Alan