14 Tips for Caring for House Plants Through Winter
Even indoor plants can sometimes have a tough time surviving the winter. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to help your house plants make it through the winter in the best of health: Here's what to keep in mind.
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Cut Down on Water
Avoid or Dilute Fertilizer
Don’t Repot Until Spring, if Possible
Remember to Clean the Leaves
Build an Indoor Window Box for Maximum Sunlight
Wash and Trim Plants Before Bringing Them In
It’s common to bring beloved potted plants in for the winter, but they need your attention first. Wash the plants gently and trim them up before bringing them inside.
Avoid Drafts and Breezes
Watch Out for Pests
Add Extra Water for Vacations
Move Plants Away From Windows on Freezing Nights
The air near windows can grow very cold when the temperature outside drops at night. Move house plants off the windowsill if it looks like it will freeze. Some people leave the plants in place and cover them with newspaper, but moving them is often easier.
Have a Lot of Plants to Bring Indoors? Build a Sunroom
For Short Days, Consider a Grow Light
If the days are particularly short and dark in your area, consider purchasing an LED grow light to provide your house plants with extra energy. And keep in mind that the color of the light affects how the plants will grow. Next, read about the 10 secret ingredients that can help your garden grow.