Winter is almost knocking on our doors. We have prepared the blankets, got our winter clothes "Dry-Cleaned", bought sweaters for our pets and have gotten the heaters serviced. We are almost prepared for the winters, but do not forget about our green friends! Just like everything else they also have special needs during the winters and a different approach is required towards keeping them well and alive during the winter season.
Here are some tips for caring for your Indoor plants during winter:
1) Provide them light: During winters, take special care to provide your plants with plenty of light especially during early mornings as during winters days are short and sunlight tend to be scarce. Plants like human's need sunlight to stay in top condition and fulfilling this requirement ensures that they stay healthy throughout the winter. Be prepared to move around your plants, during winters, to a place that receives the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day.
2) Provide the right amount of water: During winters, not watering your plant enough is not the reason for the death of your plant. Usually, it is the other way around and overwatering your plant may be the reason for your plant's untimely demise. Test out the top layer of the soil for dryness to determine whether your plant needs to be watered or not. If the soil is even a slight bit moist, lay off watering your plant for a day or two.
3) Watch the temperature: Most of the house plants usually come from tropical regions and can be particular about the temperature they reside in. During winters keep most of the house plants away from cold drafts and try to maintain a moderate temperature inside your house. Keep your plants away from heaters as heaters tend to dry out the plants quickly resulting in shrinkage of the plant's foliage.
4) Prune and repot your plants: Winters are the perfect time to prune and repot most of the indoor plants. During winter months most of the plants enter into dormancy. Repotting them now would ensure that they are ready to start budding and grow when the spring gets around.
5) Be careful of pests: During winters, increased heat from heaters, lack of sunlight and increased humidity can lead to a pest infection in your plants. Pests like spider mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs and others. Be watchful of them on your plants and take steps to eliminate them when they appear.