With every new season comes a new regimen. We change the way we dress, modify the foods we eat and drink, the activities we partake in and so on. Much like us, our indoor plants require a new regimen, too. That’s why we’ve put together a list of easy-to-follow tips to keep your houseplants alive and well throughout the season.
Know your type. Each plant is different, and will require specific care. Some may need more sunlight than others, some can do without; some require more watering than others, while some require almost no watering at all. In most cases, your plant will come with a label noting the plant name and care instructions. The problem is you’ll usually lose site of it once you’ve replanted. Purchase plant labels or markers to keep instructions handy, or save a cheat sheet in your phone. This becomes extra handy when it comes time to take holidays, and your plants are in the care of a house sitter.
Check your temperature. It’s especially important to keep a careful eye on your houseplants in fall as the temperatures shift. For many of us, fall is the time we turn on the thermostat in our homes, creating a hot and dry atmosphere for plants. With tropical houseplants especially, make sure to water regularly. For fall, carrying into winter, combat dry air by keeping a glass of water close to your houseplants.
Location, location, location. Select a spot that offers ample light during daylight hours even in the fall and winter months. Some plants don’t do well moving from place to place – so be sure to see that they’re comfortable in their new home.
Watering. Most plants do the majority of their growing in the spring and summer months, and go into semi-dormancy in the fall and winter. With that, they require a little less watering. Check your plants regularly to determine their exact watering schedule, and stay consistent! Drowning your plants can cause just as much harm as under watering them. Pick up a watering metre from your local hardware store to avoid the guessing game.
Repot as needed. When the roots from your plants begin to resurface, or the plant’s growth has halted, it may be time to repot your plant. Houseplants that bloom in winter (such as the Orchids, African Violet or Anthurium to name a few) should be replanted in early fall, after their dormant period in the summer months.