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Taking Care of Houseplants in Winter

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Taking Care of Houseplants in Winter

During winter months the growth of most houseplants slows down.

Apart from plants that keep growing, it is best to reduce watering until the spring.

Let the compost dry out before adding tepid water and drain away the excess so the pot doesn’t stand in water.

There is no need to feed a plant that is resting.

Houseplants like an even temperature and not an overheated room that drops dramatically overnight. For this reason avoid putting plants on a window sill that will become very cold at night. If possible move plants away from radiators and drafts as both will cause damage.

Knowing the original environment the plant came from will help you recreate the best conditions:

Add more moisture to tropical ones by misting frequently or stand the pot on a saucer filled with gravel and a little water. Keep temperatures warmer for desert plants. Cyclamen and Azaleas are not happy in high temperatures, though African violets, Steptocarpus (Cape Primrose) and Poinsettias are. Tough foliage like Yucca, Palms and Aspidistra are better in cooler rooms.

Keep leaves looking their best by removing dust gently with a soft cloth or brush and then wipe with a moist cloth.


Source: House Beautiful