The winter season is a delicate time for green indoor plants, which are used to a rather mild climate.
To avoid the disappointment of losing most of your indoor flora in the cold season, you must take extra care with your plants. Here are seven golden rules for take care of indoor plants in winter...
1 Give them good light
Even in winter, the sun rises and enters your house. Your plants need the benefits of its rays more than ever, since they provide them with energy for their development.
- Therefore, it is advisable bring flower pots closer to windows. The luminosity will depend on the orientation of the same. Behind a window, a plant receives 4 times more light than if it were placed 2 m away
- The use of artificial lighting if your house is very dark, such as a horticultural lamp or fluorescent tube (but not halogen that gives off heat)
Bear in mind: foliage that turns yellow indoors is usually not due to a lack of watering, but rather a lack of light!
2 Give them an optimal temperature
The ideal temperature for a houseplant is between 15 and 19 ° C. The important thing is to maintain an environment constant throughout the day.
- So avoid overheating your house at night and turning off the radiator during the day (even if it eases the bill! Savings or garden, in winter, you have to decide.)
- Drafts should also be avoided at all costs.
Be careful because, when caring for indoor plants in winter, the radiator is still the enemy absolute of the plant: its heat dries the ambient air, near the appliance, but also throughout your house.
- Dehydrates plants by depriving them of much-needed moisture.
- Therefore, choose a temperate place, without a radiator, knowing that most indoor plants tolerate a temperature around 18 ° C quite well.
3 Cover the most fragile
Both indoors and outdoors, some plants suffer from the cold. To improve its environment, you can compose a mulch yourself:
- Both economical and ecological: based on grass, ferns, premature compost, etc.
- Decorative with wood shavings or fruit peels.
This will protect the roots of the plants and it will limit the evaporation of water.
4 Water well
Watering is essential when it comes to caring for indoor plants in winter: heating actually dries the air in your home and the minimum humidity level (between 40 and 60% for your plants) is rarely reached. So don’t neglect watering and be meticulous:
- Pay attention to the water quality, favors warm water without chlorine. You can find demineralized water in stores.
- On a daily basis, use a fogging on foliage of your plants.
- It is advisable to place the pots in a shallow container on clay balls. These allow the water to evaporate little by little after irrigation.
5 Prune those that need it
Does it break your heart to cut the branches of your little ficus? Doing so will invigorate the foliage and intensify the color. It is a necessary operation to promote their development.
For some plants, pruning is essential, but for others it can be fatal.
For example, we would make a mess if we could get the tip of the palm tree, which would undoubtedly end up dying.
6 Place the pots against the wall
The choice of the location of a plant is crucial for its growth. To care for indoor plants in winter, it is important avoid excessive temperature variations and play with the available space:
- If you place your pots near a partition, the plants will benefit from its heat and will be protected from drafts.
- Also, if you place them a little high, you will protect them from the coolness of the ground.
Between hot and cold, the pots can benefit from an ideal location with stable conditions for a peaceful winter!
7 Caring for indoor plants in winter in a personalized way
This may seem like an easy answer, but maintenance depends on the plant.
While some plants can handle cold, dry air without problems, others cannot:
- The calathea (tropical plant), for example, must have a permanently moist pot, unlike most indoor varieties.
- As for fragile specimens, such as impatiens (tropical variety), they fear direct exposure to the sun.
If you intend to follow these 7 basic rules as well as possible to take care of indoor plants in winter, without a doubt that your plants will arrive in perfect condition in spring.