How to help your indoor plants getting through winter

Garden Life
Winter is knocking on the door! The days are getting shorter, temperatures are decreasing and the central heating is on all evening! All these conditions make life harder for houseplants; however, small caring units can help them through. We will tell you how to keep your plants healthy through this arduous time of year.

The right location

Many plants use this poorly lit season as a resting phase. They stop growth and bring down their metabolism. Indoor plants prefer slightly warmer surroundings, while people usually like to have a very warm indoor temperature. For a lot of plants it is a good idea to place them away from heaters. Additionally if you choose to locate your plant in front of a window, you should make sure it does not get a cold breeze, and that none of its leaves are touching the window. Otherwise the plant will get a thermal shock and its leaves will turn brown and fall off. The root ball of your plant should neither stand on a too cold or too warm floor. Either of these two extremes will result in the plant reacting by losing its leaves. To prevent this, place a piece of styrofoam, a cork tile or a plant dolly under the pot.

The correct maintenance

Houseplants will not need too much water during winter. That is why you should check the moisture of the soil before you water it. 

By having the heating on during winter, the air in houses becomes drier, making plants uncomfortable. There are a few ways to make it more pleasant. One such way is to fill up a saucer with clay granules and water, then placing this under the pot. The water evaporates and moistens the air.

Another option is to spray the houseplant with decalcified and tepid water a few times a week. The spray mist prevents the plant losing some humidity by covering the leaves. This also works against unwanted dust which reduces the intake of light. Therefore you should regularly brush off the dust with a damp cloth. By doing this, the photosynthesis will not be hindered.

Especially in winter, creatures such as spider mites or scale insects feel comfortable in houseplants. The pests multiply rapidly in the warm, dry, heated air. The best option to prevent this is to check leaves and soil once a week. If the leaves are sticky or show speckles, they indicate a pest infestation. In this case you should separate the plant from the others, place it in the bathtub and shower it with water. Before starting the shower, put a plastic bag around the pot so that the plant will not absorb too much water. If this doesn't get rid of the pests, you can buy a suitable pesticide. To prevent pest infestation of greenflies and others, you can place pieces of garlic in the pot. Make sure that they are covered by soil so that the smell of garlic remains in the pot.

Here we have summarized the most important points

  • Do not water too much 
  • Increase humidity 
  • The plant should not be placed on a too cold/warm floor 
  • Avoid cold breeze 
  • Watch pest infestation
  • Make sure that the plant gets enough light