Most of our indoor plants hail from Tropical climates, so aren’t used to the temperature changes we see in Winter. Because of this, there are a few things you should keep in mind as the weather cools to ensure your plant babes are looking and feeling their best - all year round.
1. Cut down on watering
Already noticed your plants are less thirsty through Autumn? As the weather cools, it takes longer and longer for soil to dry out, meaning you’ll need to water about half as much as you did through Summer. Scaling back will help prevent root rot and fungal infections.
2. Use warm water
Icy tap water is bad enough for our hands - imagine how the roots of your plant feel! Watering with lukewarm water will ensure your plants aren’t shocked by the cold.
3. Move plants to sunnier spots
As the days get shorter, you might notice what was once a prime spot for a bit of sun is now shrouded in darkness. You can guarantee your plants will notice too, so make sure you’re readjusting their position to maximise light.
4. Increase humidity
Indoor plants hate dry Winter air, so make sure you’re increasing humidity where possible. Grouping plants together is the simplest way to do this, or you can check out some other methods here.
5. Clean your leaves!
As there’s less light available to your plants, it’s especially important to keep your leaves clean and dust-free to ensure they’re able to absorb as much light as they can.
6. Keep fertilising
You should never use chemical, high NPK fertilisers through Winter. However, a bioactive fertiliser like Grow can be used year round to keep plants thriving through all seasons. As watering is scaled back, you can use Grow with every drink!
7. Keep plants away from heaters and cold draughts
This is the key to avoiding crispy tips and edges on leaves! Position your plants away from these stresses and use Protect fortnightly to help with any issues.