Happy December! I cannot believe that we are in the final month of 2021. I was just getting used to writing 2021 and now it will be all about 2022. Oh well- As this year winds down, it's important to me to make sure that I do everything I can do to make my plants stay as healthy and happy through the winter as they possibly can. I follow these steps mostly because of climate and temperature. Your home goes through several changes during the winter months, so your plants will need to adjust. As long as you provide them with a healthy atmosphere, your plants should and will be fine.
One of the main things I do during the winter months is making sure I give my plants proper nourishment. I normally give my plants a weaker version of what I use during the Spring and Summer months and I don't water as often as I would in the warmer months. I recently stumbled onto a great plant fertilizer from Happy Happy Houseplant. You can find it here.
Another favorite of mine is from Neptunes Harvest from Amazon. Be warned- it's a little smelly but worth it. My plants really love it!
Now, depending where you live(or not), a grow light can really be of use for your plants. If you have plants in areas of your home that gets minimal light and even less during the winter season, grow lights can aid in giving your plants the right amount of light that they require each day. You don't have to be fancy about it either. Grow lights can be stylish like the ones from Soltech Solutions or as simple as buying a grow light bulb and putting it in your favorite lamp. If you always wanted a grow light but you're not quite sure how to use them, check out this YouTube video that gives you the basics on grow light usage.
Lastly, during the winter months, your house tends to go through changes with temperature. It's usually the time when you raise the numbers up on your thermostat and that is something you need to be mindful of with your plants. Keep your plants away from radiators and open vents. You also might want to consider investing in a cool mist humidifier. Some plants that originated from tropical climates really need to have humidity in the air. If you have the heater running throughout the day, it can suck the moisture out of the air and cause your plants to dry out no matter how much you water them.
Another good way to keep humidity in the air is to use a fine mist sprayer to spray water in the air around your plants. I would suggest misting in the morning. Lastly, if there's a specific plant that you want to focus humidity on, grab a plastic plant saucer, put a layer of rocks inside and add water just to barely cover the rocks and set your plant on top. Make sure your plant is not sitting directly in the water. You want the water to be able to evaporate into the air to create humidity around the plant.
There you have it. These are the things that I DO in my home for my plants. It has been trial and error and some of these tips will work for you and some might not. It's all about spending time getting to know your plants and their specific needs. And the main thing I will always say to you is RESEARCH!!
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Until next time,