As winter settles in, we've had a chat with Karen, our resident houseplant expert at Exmouth Kings to find out her top tips for keeping our houseplants tip top over winter.
Here's what Karen had to say...
It's crucial to provide extra care for your tropical houseplants during the winter. These vibrant beauties, accustomed to warmer climates, require a bit of extra attention to ensure they flourish even during the colder months. Here are some winter tips to keep your tropical houseplants healthy and happy.
Guard Against Drafts and Vents: Protect Foliage and Soil
Tropical houseplants are not fans of chilly drafts. Place them away from doors, windows, and vents to shield them from cold air that can dry out both their delicate foliage and the soil. Ensure a they are in a cosy environment.
Gentle Watering: Room Temperature and Drainage
When it comes to watering during winter, opt for room temperature water to avoid shocking your tropical houseplants. Additionally, pour off any excess water that collects in the pot or saucer to prevent root rot.
Combat Low Humidity: Techniques for a Tropical OasisTropical houseplants thrive in high humidity, which can be a challenge in heated homes during winter. Counteract this by implementing various strategies:
- Frequent Mistings: Regularly spray the foliage with tepid water to simulate a more humid environment.
- Pebble Tray: Place a tray filled with water and pebbles near your plants to boost humidity as the water evaporates.
- Grouping Plants: Cluster your tropical houseplants together to create a microclimate with higher humidity levels.
- Post-Bath Moisture Boost: After a steamy shower or bath, allow your plants to bask in the residual moisture in the room, letting their leaves absorb the extra humidity.
With these winter houseplant tips, your tropical houseplants will not only survive but thrive during the colder months. Shield them from drafts, provide gentle watering, and boost humidity to create a tropical oasis within your home. By incorporating these practices, you'll ensure your vibrant houseplants remain lush and vibrant, even in the midst of winter. Happy cultivating!