As we move into the winter season, our indoor plants go through similar changes to the outdoors. With decreasing light and temperature changes, it's a good time to adjust your plant care routine to keep your plants thriving through the colder months. Here's some key tips to update your winter houseplant care.
Adjusting Light Exposure
During the winter months, the angle and intensity of sunlight change. Days become shorter, and the sun's rays are weaker, making it crucial to adjust your indoor plants' light exposure.
Move Closer to Windows Place your plants closer to the windows to maximize their access to natural light. South-facing windows typically provide the most light, followed by east and west-facing windows.
- Rotate Your Plants Regularly rotate your plants to ensure that all sides receive adequate light. This also prevents them from leaning or growing lopsided.
- Reduce Watering In winter, plants generally require less water because they grow slower and absorb less moisture from the soil. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to adjust your watering routine.
- Use Room-Temperature Water Avoid using cold water from the tap as it can shock your plants. Allow water to come to room temperature before watering.
- Dust the Leaves With a reduction in lighting you may want to wipe the dust from the leaves so that more light is able to reach them. It also keeps the plant looking fresh.
- Avoid Repotting If a plant has outgrown its pot, consider repotting in the spring. Winter is not the ideal time for this as plants are less active.
Temperature and Humidity
- Maintain Temperature Consistency Keep your plants away from drafts, radiators, and heating vents. Try to maintain a consistent indoor temperature, ideally between 15°C to 24°C.
- Increase Humidity Most plants benefit from higher humidity levels. You can place a tray of water near your plants, use a humidifier, or mist your plants regularly to help maintain humidity.
- Cut Back on Fertiliser Plants enter a semi-dormant state in winter so they don't require as many nutrients. Reduce or stop fertilising during the winter months. You can resume in the spring when plants become more active.
Changing your indoor plant care in the winter is all about creating a supportive environment for your plants to endure the challenges of the season. By adjusting these factors, you can ensure your indoor plants remain healthy and vibrant all year round.