While indoor house plants are protected from the outdoor elements, they’re still susceptible to some of winter’s harsh realities, including limited light, cold drafts, and dry air. The good news is you can take some steps to protect your plants. Here, we’re sharing some tips to help with caring for house plants in winter.
Adjust Humidity Levels
Humidity levels tend to drop in the winter, especially when the heat’s cranked up to full blast. This drop in humidity can hurt your house plants who need humid air to thrive. Counter this by setting up a humidifier close to your plants, or simply place a pot of water near them to help raise your air’s humidity levels. Another option: Lightly spritz water on your plants a few times a day.
Switch Up Your Watering Routine
House plants need less water in the winter than they do in the summertime. In fact, some plants only need watering once or twice a month during the winter season. You can gage your plant’s watering needs by sticking a finger two inches deep into the soil. If it’s dry, your plant needs water. But if it’s moist, hold off on watering your plant.
Try a Brighter Spot
Days are shorter in the winter, so your plants will have access to less light. The sun’s rays may also come in at a different angle, leaving your plants in the shade too long. If your plant is showing signs it needs more light, try temporarily moving it to a brighter spot until the spring. And remember to be mindful of window spots, as drafts are another common problem when caring for house plants in the winter.
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