It’s cold and gray outside but you can warm up your home with some live greenery. Plus houseplants improve the quality of the air we breathe. Choose from a nice selection of ivy, African violets, rosemary, Norfolk Island pine, blooming cyclamen and easy-to-grow succulents.
Here are a few tips to keeping your houseplants looking good in winter
- The more light the better. Since our days are so short and light is low, place your houseplants in the brightest part of the room. Also avoid drafty areas near a door and away from fireplaces or heat registers and vents.
- Hooray for humidity! Place your plants on a saucer with some small rocks or chat and keep a little water in the saucer at all times. Better yet, run a humidifier. It’s good for you as well as the plants!
- Water wisely. Check the plants every 7 to 10 days. Water thoroughly, so the water runs through the bottom of the pot. After a few minutes poor out any standing water that is not taken back up by the roots.
- Feed judiciously. Plants need to eat in the winter too, just like me and you. But they don’t need lots of food when they are in slow grow mode. So an organic feed like Espoma’s indoor liquid plant food is best.