Cooler months can be as tough on plants as they are on us! Follow these tips to ensure your indoor plants not only survive, but thrive!
The shorter days and the lower arc of the sun in the winter months can significantly decrease light conditions indoors. Now is the time to observe how the light conditions change in your space and position your plants in a spot where they can soak up some rays. North-facing rooms for example often get a little more light and experience slightly warmer day time temperatures during winter. In winter, the sun is weaker so your plants will benefit from a couple of hours of direct sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon. The softer, weaker winter sunlight will nurture your plants rather than scorch the leaves as it may in Summer.
Extremes in temperature can be difficult for your plants to cope with. Icy drafts can sneak through gaps and doors. A lot of plants, particularly tropical ones like the fiddle leaf fig, do not like to be reminded that Winter has arrived and do not take kindly to cool drafts. As you dial up the heat to combat the cold weather, the dehydrating effects of a fireplace or heater will also affect your plants. The increased temperatures can change the amount of water a plant requires, so monitor how the plant reacts and change your care and watering habits accordingly. A larger amount of water can be lost through transpiration from the leaves of your plants and evaporation from the potting mix. You may need to treat plants to a light misting to ensure you counter the effects of a drier room.
Due to the weakened light conditions of Winter, most plants use this time as a resting phase; they slow down their metabolism and stop growth. As such, it’s important to decrease the frequency of watering through the winter months. But beware, as stated above this may not be the case if your plant is subjected to the drying effects of a heater. Best bet is to relocate your plants while the heater is on!