Indoor Plant Care: Winter

Indoor Plant Care: Winter

Believe it or not indoor plants are affected by the outside climate. Here, we’ll cover how to take care of your indoor plants when the temperature drops.

Adjust or Optimize your light source

During the winter, the sun sets earlier, is lower in the sky which means less sunlight for your precious plants. Rotate your plants to more optimal light sources. Sometimes your indoor plant will tend to lean towards their light source, gradually rotate them every few days to help them straighten out. If plants have spindly new growth, move them closer to the sunlight. Any fixture, floor, or desk lamp set about 1-3 feet away from your plant is sufficient as an alternative light source. CFL bulbs are great – however LED bulbs can also be a viable option since these are energy efficient and produce less heat.

Windy Cities

Your plants stress out when experiencing an extreme temperature drop or cold draft, even in stable conditions. Keep your plants away from open windows and front doors during this time, as well as heating units and radiators.

Dust It Off

Closed windows during the winter increases dust and reduces air quality indoors. Its a good idea to gently dust off leaves every (2) two weeks. For heavy dusting, use water with a drop or two of lemon juice or household soap and a soft damp cloth. Making sure you’re plants are taken care of during the winter requires a little extra effort but will pay you dividends. Studies have shown indoor plants help combat SAD (Seasonal-Affective Disorder).

Forget Fertilizer

Give your plant a break from additional nutrients during this time. If they are actively growing try reducing to half strength.

Don’t Panic. Leaf Loss is Normal.

If your plant is dropping leaves, don’t panic! Plants drop their leaves in winter due to the lack of light which translates to lack of food an indoor plant. Your is just adjusting to the changes in seasons. Now is a good time to trim dead leaves to prepare for new growth.