Hello fellow plant mamas! As the fall slowly turns into winter, the weather is becoming colder and days are becoming shorter. Now that the weather is changing, it is important to adjust your plant care accordingly! Various types of indoor plant have different care instructions, however overall, during the colder seasons, all indoor plants need less watering and as much light as possible. To help you and your plant babies stay healthy during the colder seasons, we’ve put together some simple care tips for you.
Decrease Watering Schedule
Now that it has become colder, most plants are in their dormant period, and as such, require less water than usual. Over-watering should be avoided during the colder seasons to prevent root rot. For drought-resistant plants such as cacti and succulents, watering should be reduced to about once a month. Only water these plants once the soil is completely dry.
For tropical plants, cut down watering to about once every 1 1/2 weeks, or when the soil is dry to the touch.
For many plants, especially tropicals, humidity is vital for staying healthy during the colder seasons. Be sure to continue misting your plants, especially during the cold season’s dryer air. You can cluster a few plants together to create a natural pocket of humidity. Lastly, another way to create more humidity is to rest your plant’s pot on top of a tray of pebbles and water. To do this, simply fill a tray with pebbles, add water to the tray until the pebbles are about 3/4 covered, and place your plant on top. This will help to add humidity, while also ensuring that your plant is not harmed by root rot from sitting directly on water.
Find the Light!
Maintaining proper lighting is also very important for all plants, especially now that the daylight is limited. Succulents and cacti often show physical signs of light deficiency—you’ll notice the plant leaning towards a light source. This is a sign that they should be moved to a space with more light.
For other plants, if you notice that their leaves are drooping or have lost vibrance, this could be a sign of needing water or needing more light.
Save the Fertilizer for the Spring
As most plants are dormant during the colder seasons, you should avoid feeding them fertilizer until the spring and summer seasons!
Watch the Temperature
One of the most important factors in your plant’s health during the colder seasons is the temperature. Avoid placing any plants near drafty areas or heaters, as to avoid exposing them to extreme temperature changes. In addition, if your windows become frosty or significantly colder during this season, avoid placing your plants, especially temperature-sensitive plants like tropicals, directly next to windows. We would recommend moving tropical plants, who thrive in warmth and moisture, further away from windows as to prevent cold shock.
Most plants thrive in ideal temperatures between 65° F and 75° F. If possible, avoid exposing your plants to temperatures lower than 50° F.
Clean Your Leaves
It is important for your plants to get as much sunlight as possible, especially now that daylight is limited. To help ease this process, we recommend dusting your plant’s leaves or gently wiping them with a damp cloth to remove build-up, dust and residue. By cleaning your plant’s leaves, it will help them to absorb as much nutrients and light as possible.
If in doubt, remember that each type of plant has specific care requirements so don’t be afraid to do a quick Google search for the best care methods for your type of plant. If you’ve purchased your plant from Plant Mamas, we always put the plant’s variety name on the Instagram post’s description. If you’re having trouble identifying your plant, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll happy to help!
Stay warm out there, folks!