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How To Ensure Your Houseplants Survive and Thrive This Winter

Don't let the winter weather get the best of your houseplants. Try these tips to ensure they make it through the chill.

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February 5, 2024 at 7:06 PM PST
Plants Winter Houseplant Care

How To Ensure Your Houseplants Survive and Thrive This Winter

Don't let the winter weather get the best of your houseplants. Try these tips to ensure they make it through the chill.

By
February 5, 2024 at 7:06 PM PST

For the past few months, your home has probably transformed into a cozy refuge from the cold weather outside. While winter is a time when we spend more time in the warmth of our homes, it’s also a time when we often forget that our houseplants need extra care and attention. Taking care of our indoor plants during these winter months is crucial for their survival and the benefits they bring to our homes, such as purifying the air and enhancing aesthetics.

Here are some essential tips to help your houseplants make it through the winter.

Optimize light exposure.

With shorter days and the sun taking a lower arc, your plans will yearn for more sunlight. Move your plants closer to windows, but be aware of cold drafts that could harm them. Consider cleaning the windows to allow maximum light penetration. If natural light is scarce, artificial grow lights can be a great supplement.

homeowner with indoor plants during winter
Photo Credit: Katrin Bolovtsova

Maintain humidity levels.

Winter heating can dry out the air in our homes, and our plants, much like us, can struggle in dry environments. Grouping plants together can help maintain humidity around them. Alternatively, a humidifier or a simple pebble tray with water beneath the plant pots can increase moisture.

Water wisely.

Overwatering plants is a common mistake made in the winter. Plants’ growth slows down in colder temperatures, meaning they require less water. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering. Less is more during these months.

Control the temperature.

Avoid placing plants near cold drafts or excessive heat sources like radiators. Sudden temperature fluctuations can stress plants. Aim for a steady temperature within the range your plants thrive in, even at night.

homeowner taking care of indoor plants
Photo Credit: Cottonbro Studio

Fertilize sparingly.

Growth typically slows or pauses in winter, so plants need less fertilizer. Pause feeding until the light increases and growth resumes in spring.

Check for pests.

With indoor plants being in close proximity, winter is a good time to inspect your plants for pests that might have taken refuge. Gently cleaning your plants’ leaves can help prevent infestation.




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