In the winter we tend to focus our “gardening” attention on our house plants. Below I’ve listed appropriate house plant care during the winter months.
During the winter months the surface of your house plants will dry quickly. But that’s not necessarily a sign that the plant needs water.
To check, stick your finger into the soil and see if it is dry an inch or so below the surface. If it’s dry to that depth, that’s when you water.
Obviously some plants prefer being moist. If you aren’t sure if your plant likes more even moisture, Google the name of the plant to find out.
Water thoroughly and allow the water to drain completely. If the plant has a saucer, dump any excess water after an hour or so.
Another watering method for plants growing in pots that have drainage holes is to water from the bottom. All you need to do is fill the plant tray with water, and allow the plant to soak up water from the bottom.
Some plants (like African violets) prefer this method of watering because their leaves and stems are sensitive to getting wet.
Also, when watering, try to use water that is room temperature so that you don’t shock the plant’s roots.
I don’t like to use water straight from the sink to water. I like to store water in old milk jugs to allow the chlorine to dissipate. I like to let the water sit at least 24 hours.
Humidity levels drop in heated homes during the winter. It can drop to 10-20%, and plants prefer a level closer to 50%.
If you have a humidifier, move the plants closer to it so they can enjoy the moisture. If you don’t have a humidifier, you are probably going to need to raise the humidity level in other ways.
Gathering your plants in a cluster helps because plants naturally release water through their leaves. Therefore grouping them together will put their natural moisture to good use.