Keep Your Houseplants Thriving During the Winter! - Gathering Moss

Keep Your Houseplants Thriving During the Winter!

Winter can be a tough time for everyone, including our beloved houseplants. As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, your leafy children might start to feel a little down in the dumps. But fear not, dear plant parent! There are ways to make your houseplants think it's summer during the winter and keep them growing and thriving. So grab your gardening gloves and let's dive into some plant magic!

1. Let There Be Light (and Lots of It!)

During the winter, natural sunlight becomes a rare commodity. But fear not, because artificial light is here to save the day! Invest in some grow lights and position them strategically around your plants. These magical beams of light will trick your plants into thinking it's summer and keep them happily photosynthesizing away.

2. Don't Be a Scrooge with the Watering Can

Just because it's winter doesn't mean your plants don't get thirsty. In fact, the dry indoor air can make them even thirstier than usual. So, make sure to keep a close eye on their soil moisture levels and water them regularly. But remember, moderation is key! You don't want to drown your poor plants in a winter flood.

3. Give Them a Little Extra TLC

Winter can be a tough time for all of us, and your plants are no exception. Show them some extra love and care by misting their leaves with water. This will help increase humidity and prevent them from drying out. You can also give them a gentle wipe-down with a damp cloth to remove any dust that might be blocking their precious sunlight.

4. Keep the Temperature Just Right

While you might be cozying up by the fireplace, your plants prefer a slightly cooler temperature. Aim to keep the thermostat between 60-75°F (15-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. This will help mimic their natural environment and keep them happy and healthy.

5. Don't Forget to Feed Them

Just like humans, plants need their nutrients to grow big and strong. During the winter, their growth may slow down, but they still need a little boost. Be sure to fertilize your plants regularly but go easy on the dosage. Too much fertilizer can do more harm than good, and we don't want our leafy friends to suffer from a nutrient overdose.  I recently heard a great line from one of the managers at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania say that he suggests feeding weekly/weakly...feed weekly and with a weaker mix than you would normally do during the summer months!  Great advice!

6. Keep the Air Flowing

Stagnant air can be a breeding ground for all sorts of plant problems, from pests to diseases. So keep the air flowing by opening windows occasionally or using a fan to create a gentle breeze. Your plants will thank you for the fresh air and the chance to show off their graceful dance moves.

So, there you have it, folks! With a little bit of extra care and some clever tricks, you can make your houseplants think it's summer all year round. Now go forth and create a 'summer-ish' winter wonderland for your leafy kids. 

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