Just because it’s the winter doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening. Here are 11 tips for maintaining your potted plants indoors this winter:
1. Put them away from doors
It’s important to keep your indoor plants around a constant temperature. Do yourself a favor and keep them away from doors. If any of your potted plants are too close to the door, they run the risk of experiencing a draft from the colder temperatures outside. Take this possibility out of the equation by keeping your potted plants closer to the center of the room, away from any doors and windows that might let cooler air into the room.
2. Give them ample sunlight
Keep in mind that plants get the nourishment they need to grow from the sun. Do your best to give your potted plants as much light as you can during the winter months. Plants left directly under windows get the most light, but if you need to put it elsewhere in the room, leave it by the back wall of the room. If you leave your plants in places of the room that get enough sunlight, you won’t have to worry about looking into artificial sources of light during the winter. During the winter, your southern-facing windows will get the most sunlight. In order to effectively follow the previous tip, it’s best to keep your plants directly under sunlight from the southern-facing windows.
3. Exercise caution when watering
Although it’s important to water your plants during the winter, it’s equally important not to overdo it. Since your plants are in pots, they’re not in as much soil. This means the soil can only handle so much water at a time. Do your best not to overwater your plants, because doing so is an easy way to kill them. Check the moisture in the soil by briefly feeling it with your fingers. You’ll probably want to water them every few days, but check first so you don’t oversaturate the soil.
4. Keep them away from heaters
Again, it’s important to maintain the same temperature around the plants you are growing indoors. Just like you don’t want them to get cold, you also don’t want them to overheat. Try to avoid putting potted plants near heaters.
5. Don’t overfeed them
Just as you don’t want to give your plants too much water, you need to be mindful of how much fertilizer and nutrient feed you are using. In fact, it’s probably easier to not mess with fertilization at all. Don’t bother fertilizing your indoor potted plants unless instructed by a professional.
6. Be mindful of humidity
If you’re growing a tropical plant this winter, make sure it gets plenty of humidity. Don’t worry – this is fairly easy to accomplish, even inside. Simply spray a mist on the plant every day to increase the humidity indoors. Grouping your plants closely together also enhances the sensation of humidity.
7. Keep them clean
Check the leaves and stems for dirt, dust or other debris that might accumulate as your plant is housed in your home. If you do notice dirty parts, spray or wipe them down lightly with water. Keeping leaves clean will ensure healthy grown while keeping plants looking their best.
8. Protect them from pests
You may be a pro at defending your plants from pests outside, but moving them indoors can expose them to new insects. Take the initiative and ask your florist what kinds of pests you’ll be guarding against this winter and spray your plants with pesticides accordingly.
9. Make sure they’re out of reach
This applies if you have pets and doubly if you have younger children. Although most potted plants are harmless, keeping them out of reach of your pet cats and dogs can protect them from toxic flowers. If you have little kids, this tip is even more important!
10. Repot them sparingly
Don’t move or repot your plants unless you have to. Only consider doing so if they’re wilting or dying rapidly in the place you have them now.
11. Show them off
Buy a plant from Teleflora and since you’ve gone to all the trouble, make sure you leave your potted plants in a place they’ll be noticed by your guests. Everyone is sure to appreciate fresh plants indoors over the winter months!