The winter months can be tough on houseplants, but with a little extra care, you can keep them thriving all season long. Whether you're a seasoned plant parent or just starting out, these tips will help you keep your plants looking their best. So grab a cup of cocoa, snuggle up with your plants, and get ready to learn how to care for them in the winter. And if you're in the Carol Stream, Illinois area, be sure to stop by Barn Owl Garden Center for all your plant care needs:
Avoid drafty windows and doors
Avoiding drafty windows and doors is critical to keeping your houseplants happy in the winter. Cold air can be harsh on your plants, causing them to become dry and brittle. Keep your plants away from drafty windows and doors to protect them from the cold. If you have a particularly drafty window, consider using a plastic sheet or bubble wrap to create a barrier. This will help to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, ensuring that your plants stay healthy and happy all winter long.
It's essential to keep your plants hydrated, but be careful not to overwater them. Be sure to research the watering frequency and amount of water your specific plant needs in the different seasons! Check the soil moisture levels regularly and water as needed.
Provide enough sunlight
While keeping your plants in a sunny spot all winter long is tempting, be mindful of their needs. Some plants, such as succulents, need less sunlight during the winter months. Be sure to research the specific needs of your plants and adjust accordingly. If you're not sure how much sunlight your plants need, a general rule of thumb is to give them bright, indirect light. This will help ensure they get the light they need without getting scorched by the sun. If you're apartment or home does not have the right sunlight for your plant, supplement with grow lights or bulbs for the winter. Ask our staff how to get set up!
Clean the leaves
Dust and dirt can accumulate on the leaves of your plants, blocking light and hindering photosynthesis. Use a soft cloth or a damp sponge to clean the leaves and help your plants breathe gently. This simple task can make a big difference in the health of your plants, so be sure to do it regularly.
Use plant food
If you notice your plants looking a little sluggish, a boost of plant food can help. Follow the plant food package instructions and give your plants the extra nutrients they need to thrive. Plant food can help replenish the nutrients lost over time and keep your plants healthy and vigorous. We love Jack's Fertilizer and Sustane Flourish (organic) and are both great water-soluble fertilizers to feed your plants! Be sure to use plant food sparingly, as overfeeding can lead to excess foliage and reduced blooms. A little goes a long way, so use it wisely and your plants will thank you.
These simple tips can keep your houseplants happy and healthy all winter. And if you're in the Carol Stream, Illinois area, stop by Barn Owl Garden Center for all your plant care needs.