7 Ways to Prep Your Houseplants for Winter
Gather ‘round, plant parents. It’s that time of year... the twinkle lights come out, the sun sets before dinner's on the table, and the sweaters are in full swing. While that pumpkin spice scent floats throughout your house, don’t forget to give some attention to your houseplants.
Here’s a quick list of things to keep in mind as the temps cool and you pile on those layers.
If you keep any houseplants outdoors, now is the time to bring ‘em in! When nighttime temps drop below 55º - 60º, that’s your cue. Thinking, “OK, Em, but what do I need to do before I pull them inside?” Got you covered, my friend! If you’re bringing plants in for the winter, make sure to check them for any bugs or fungus/bacteria infections. They tend to get a bit battered out there in the wild (aka your backyard), and being vulnerable to the elements includes attracting some crawling pals you don’t exactly want in your perfectly clean home. Also clean them up a bit if they’ve spent the summer outdoors. This includes cutting back any dying or damaged growth and wiping down the plant.
You may or may not need to change your watering schedule. As nice as it would be to give you a one-size-fits-all recommendation, you know we can’t do that. Every plant is different. The best way to determine whether or not you need to adjust your watering? Check each plants’ soil. This is the time of year when a moisture meter is especially helpful.
Be mindful of those drafts! If you have plants all up in the windows during spring and summer, consider pulling it back from those cold windows that may be a bit drafty. Also note any plants who may be close to heaters... heat dries out the air and will consequently dry out your plant.
- Your houseplants are receiving less light in the winter, so you may notice some foliage die off. This is OK! Plants will adjust to any loss of light. As long as you don’t have newer growth dying, you’re in the clear.
Clean up your plants. Cut off any dead foliage to help the plant out - cutting back the dead or dying leaves leave more resources for the healthy stuff. This really helps ‘em out during dormancy!
Expect to see a pause or serious decline in growth and know that this is a good thing! It can be easy to panic when your plant has looked the exact same for 3 months. Gal pal, you are doing A-OK! It’s only if your plant starts to die that you’re in trouble. Dormancy is important for our houseplants - they’re prepping for another growth season and need to rest up. And let’s be honest, we could all use a break every now and then. Our plants are no different.
- If you travel for long periods of time, make sure to keep your home above 55º, so your houseplants stay nice and cozy while you're gone. And if you're worried about making sure everyone is properly watered while you're unwrappin' presents with the fam, check out these self-watering glass balls. They're literal life-savers.
The most important thing to remember? Keep an eye on your houseplants. A plant always let’s ya know when it’s in distress... as long as you’re watching out for ‘em, they’ll be just fine. The best part? Plants always reward us after a long winter with that oh-so-pretty spring growth! Hang in there.
Oh, and could you pass me the eggnog? I need a refill.
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