We are pretty plant-obsessed around here. We find ourselves bringing home new plants every chance we get and have filled our homes and office with so many houseplants at this point that it has started to look like we live in a jungle. But we love it. The biggest challenge in these winter months is that it is dark and cold, so we’ve done research and put our tricks to the test to give you this tutorial on how to keep your houseplants happy and healthy in the winter months.
How to Keep Your Houseplants Thriving in the Winter Months:
Get them to the Light
Since the light in your home will inevitably change a bit, it’s going to require that you rearrange some of your plants. Switch the location of those plants that require more sunlight.
For some, it may even mean one spot in the morning and another spot in the afternoon. Yes, it may seem excessive, but they are your babies.
Changing up their location can totally make you feel as if you have refreshed your decor too, so it’s a win, win situation.
Your houseplants will be receiving less light than they did in the spring and summer months, so some leaf loss is expected and natural.
A Little Clean-Up
Giving your plants’ foliage a monthly wipe down is always a good idea, no matter the season. It helps with the plant’s light intake.
Layers of dust and grime can block out light. Simply, wipe off each leaf with lukewarm water and dish soap. It will leave your houseplants looking shiny and new and help to avoid the loss of light.
Rotation is key to balance in light and growth. No one wants a lopsided fig leaf plant, do they?
We try and rotate our plants on a biweekly basis.
Give Them Plenty of Room to Grow
This is a good practice no matter the season. Often times we find ourselves falling in love with a cute planter, but as a plant grows it may need to move on to a larger pot. Plus this gives you an excuse to adopt a new plant child.
Make sure the roots are not crowded in the pot or coming out at the top.
Sometimes plants can even be divided into to two separate pots for optimal growth.
Check Before you Water
Your home will be cooler than it was in the warmer months, so your plants won’t require as much water.
Plants that normally need water every seven days will now need water every 10 days.
The best way to decide if your plant baby needs a drink is to take your finger and stick it about an inch deep into the dirt. If it’s dry to the touch, water your babe. If it’s damp, WAIT.
You can set a reminder on your google calendar for what plants need water on which days.
Are you as plant-obsessed as we are? We would love your tips and to see your babies! Comment below or tag us on social media.
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