Helpful tips to get your Houseplants Ready for Autumn and Winter
IT'S TIME TO PREP
It's time to move your plants to the best places in your home where they’re going to get the best light, heat and humidity.
Daylight will be limited and you will want to move your plants to the sunniest parts of the home. If you have a conservatory or a room with larger windows, this will be a great spot for your green friends to get as much light as possible.
A lot of our house plants such as the Snake Plant Sansevieria (Sammy) Cast Iron Aspidistra (Ian) and Golden Pothos (Eddie) are happy in the shade. These guys will be happy no matter where you put them.
We naturally want to warm up our homes. One thing you might not have thought about is how close the radiator is to your greenery. All houseplants will really struggle next to radiators. The extra consistent heat is too much for them no matter how often they get watered.
The same goes for underfloor heating. Give some extra thought to how your home is adapting to the change in climate so that you don’t give your plants extra stress. Plants don’t like drastic changes in temperature.
Continue to keep the air humid in your home over the winter. When the central heating is on, the air will become dry. Your humidity-loving plants like the Monstera, Calatheas and Dumb Cane will get brown tips if they aren’t misted enough.
A great tip is to put your humidity-loving plants next to a humidifier. They will absolutely love it!
Most houseplants can be very sensitive to drafts and will shed their leaves or freeze if they get too chilly. When the weather gets cooler outside, your houseplants should be moved away from any windows, doors and air vents.
6. CHANGE YOUR WATERING SCHEDULE
In the Autumn and Winter months, your houseplants will need much less water than in the summer. They will go into their dormant period and will only need watering once or twice a month. If you continue to water your plants on a summer schedule, this may cause root rot or yellowing in the leaves.
7. DON'T PANIC
Rest assured, a lot of your houseplants will naturally lose leaves in the winter. The main reason that plants shed their leaves is for self-sufficiency so that they have less foliage to manage when there's less sunlight.
When you move your plants away from radiators and draughts, they will naturally lose their leaves. They do this when they are adjusting to their new environment. Keep calm and don’t panic! This is perfectly normal and new growth will appear the following spring.
8. ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION
Don’t let the cold stop you from adding to your collection. Here are my three best suggestions for plants to buy in the winter. These three beauties are very low maintenance and will be happy in low light which is perfect for cooler months
Cast Iron Plant - Aspidistra elatior (IAN)
An unstoppable plant, he will be happy in low light, minimal water and isn’t fussy about humidity. A very easy plant to look after in the winter and a great beginner plant. CLICK HERE FOR OUR CAST IRON PLANT
Snake Plant - Sansevieria Zeylanica (SAMMY)
A very easy beginner and perfect for the winter. In the summer she only needs watering once or twice a month. In the winter you’ll find that she’s even lower maintenance. She’s happy in the shade and won’t need much water or misting. CLICK HERE FOR OUR SNAKE PLANT
Parlour Palm - Chamaedorea Elegans (MAYA)
This plant was extremely popular in the Victorian times as the palm thrived in low light. So, naturally she was perfect for the miserable overcast days of Victorian London. CLICK HERE FOR OUR PALM
FINALLY, IT'S TIME TO SMILE!
It can be overwhelming as a new plant parent. We all want to do the best we can for our green friends. I hope these tips can provide some comfort to you as we get ready for winter.