House planting is fun, but come winter; the indoor plants lose their sparkle! Needless to say, the lack of sunshine; does take the shine out of your indoor plants. How do you deal with this? Take a look at a few tips to protect your lovely indoor plants during winter.
The most important factor to keep your indoor plants alive during winter is sunshine. So, what’s the solution? Find a window in your house where there is ample sunshine penetrating through the window. As a general house planting rule, it is preferred to keep your plants facing the window at east. This is because the rays are sharper when you place your plant facing west. As the day passes, you can relocate your plants according to the position of the sun. If your plants are a bit heavy, you can get plant rolling stands to move them effortlessly.
Water The Plants Only When Necessary
When you are house planting, most of your indoor plants do not need much water to survive during winter. If they are outdoor plants and you have placed them inside to protect them during winter, they usually go dormant. Because of the change in light and temperature, they do not require much water. You can mist them instead. When your house plants are outside they experience natural phenomena like mist, fog, and rain. This helps them to get rid of any dust and maintain the moisture levels. Inside your house, the air is usually dry and to counter this, you can mist your plants.
Most plants require a minimum of 50 to 60 percent of humidity to stay alive, whereas inside your house it can drop to below 40 percent. To solve this problem, you can either create a small greenhouse kind of structure or place your indoor plants in a humidity tray. If you are wondering what a humidity tray is, it is just a tray with a few pebbles and water over which you will place your indoor plant pots. The mechanism is pretty simple. It takes advantage of the natural phenomenon of evaporation. When you place your plants in the tray facing sunlight, the water gets evaporated, humidifying the air surrounding your plant.
You can often notice that if not given proper care, your indoor plants will develop leaf spots. They can be either brown or yellow and spread slowly covering the whole leaf. To avoid this you can use a variety of natural tonics. One such tonic is made up of baking soda, Murphy’s oil and water. For a gallon of water, you would require 4 tablespoons of baking soda and just a few drops of Murphy’s oil. Since there is very less movement of air inside your house, dust can settle on your plants’ leaves and block its pores. This slows down the whole process of photosynthesis as there it cannot absorb the sunlight to its fullest extent.
These are a few ways you can save your indoor plants from dying during winter. If you know the right solutions, house planting will never be a burden!