The cooler months are as tough on plants as they are on you! During the frosty winter months, indoor plants can make your house look lively and fresh. But a little care is needed to keep them growing. Most indoor plants are of the tropical variety and are not comfortable in temperatures below 15 degrees.
Here are four steps for indoor plant care when the temperature starts to drop:
1. SUN - the sun changes course during winter. It is lower in the sky and not around as much. Track the sun in your home during this time and position your indoor plants in a spot where they can soak up some rays.
2. TEMPERATURE - extremes in temperature are a lot more common in winter because you have the hot blast of a heater alongside icy drafts which sneak in through gaps under doors. Keep it well clear of a heater and spots where it could be exposed to cold blasts. Another tip is don’t plant directly into ceramic or terracotta pots as the plant will get cold during winter.
3. WATER - due to the weakened light conditions, most plants use winter as a resting phase. They slow down their metabolism and stop growth. You should water plants less, around once per fortnight. Be aware of heaters as they will speed up drying out.
4. FERTILISE - a slow release fertiliser is the best way to
feed your plants. Apply a granule feed in autumn and spring and your plant
should have more than enough nutrients to survive winter.