Houseplant care in winter

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To ensure that houseplants survive the winter unscathed, there are some things to keep in mind. Because in the winter months our green darlings have to cope with completely different conditions: The warm heating air stimulates their metabolism, but at the same time the intensity of light does not suffice for growing in many species. Add to that the dry heating air. It promotes pest infestation and leaves the leaves yellow, especially in tropical house plants such as orchids.

Keep houseplants cool and bright

You can still lovingly take care of your houseplant, if you are not satisfied with your location, you will take care of it sooner or later. This is especially important in winter, when the external influences change significantly. In general, indoor plants should not be too warm, especially in winter, as this leads to leaf-fall in many species and promotes pest infestation. Therefore, keep sensitive species in winter in a poorly heated room, for example in the bedroom. Also, do not overheat the living spaces and set the thermostat to lower the temperature overnight.
In addition to air, enough water and nutrients, light is an important factor for healthy plant growth. Those who do not have large windows can compensate for lack of light in the winter with artificial lighting. In the meantime, there are also long-life LED lamps with a wide spectrum of light that consume little power and do not heat up even during prolonged operation. Depending on the size of the plants, daylight luminaires with base or ceiling suspension are suitable. If you also install a timer, you can control the lighting time as you like.

Spray houseplant with water

To increase the humidity, you should spray your houseplants regularly in winter

Increase humidity

The heating dries out the room air strongly, so many indoor plants are grateful for care measures that make the air moister. There are several ways to do this: On the one hand, you can spray the houseplants several times a week with lime-free, room-warm water. The fine mist settles on the leaves and prevents them from losing too much moisture.
The second option is to place the house plants with pot on wide, filled with clay granules coasters in which always has some water. It evaporates continuously and moistens the air in the immediate vicinity of the houseplants. Possibility number three are special room humidifiers, which are attached to the radiators. Their effect, however, is usually limited. Alternatively, you can use an electric humidifier.

Pay attention to pests

Look closely at your houseplants once a week and pay particular attention to sticky leaf coverings and pale, speckled leaves. The former is an indication of phlegm infestation, the second indicates spider mites. Immediately quarantine infested houseplants into a room where the parasites can not spread to healthy plants and use suitable pesticides to control the pests.

Wipe down the houseplant

Anyone who regularly removes the dust layer from the leaves of their houseplants in winter ensures that the plant reaches more light

Rinse or wipe leaves

Dust in the room is higher with heating air than in summer. At the same time, it is particularly important in winter that the already sparse daylight penetrates losslessly to the leaves and is not blocked by a layer of dust. Therefore, in the winter months, you should spray small-leaved houseplants with lukewarm water every four to six weeks in the shower. Put the soil ball and pot in a foil bag and tie it up at the top so that the soil does not wet. You can also occasionally wipe off large-leaved houseplants with a soft damp cloth.

Avoid cold root balls

In winter, many indoor plants stop growing and need only a little water. Check the condition of the potting soil with your finger before each pouring and only pour when it has dried out. Exception: houseplants that stand on a window sill above a radiator usually dry out faster than in summer and must be watered accordingly more frequently.
For larger houseplants, it is important to avoid placing the pots directly on a cold concrete or tile floor. Reason: The rising cold cools the root ball and sensitive plants such as the birch fig respond to it with heavy leaf fall. This problem can be avoided relatively easily: Simply place the pot and coaster on a flower stool, a plant roller or a wooden plate.

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