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How to Care for Houseplants in the Winter

During the spring and summertime, your houseplants are thriving. They have plenty of warm air and sunlight. But winter is far different. Cold and dark, many houseplants (especially tropical houseplants) struggle. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here, we discuss some top tips on how to care for your houseplants in the winter.

Adjust your watering routine

person watering houseplant

While winter air is drier, your plants actually need less water, not more, than they do in the summer. This is because plants grow much slower in the winter months, so they require less water. However, the air is still dry, so be sure mist your plants regularly to ensure proper humidity levels. Additionally, only use room temperature water for your plants to avoid shocking the plant’s roots.

Keep an eye on the temperature

Most plants are used to higher temperature, especially those from tropical climates. Your plants should be fine living in temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, while your home may be set to those temperatures, cold drafts and heat sources can raise it in certain areas. Keep your plants away from doors, radiators, fireplaces, and other sources of cold or heat.

Provide lots of sunlight

During the winter, you’re dealing with fewer hours of sunlight. As such, you may have to adjust where you place your plants. Keeping them in one spot may not provide enough sunlight, so you can always move them to wherever the sunlight moves. If this isn’t realistic, consider buying a grow light.

Don’t add fertilizer

Since plants aren’t growing in the wintertime, they don’t need fertilizer. Providing fertilizer now will only disrupt their natural cycle. Instead, save the fertilizer for the springtime.

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