We at Abele Greenhouse and Garden Center in Saginaw, see people in our store on a nearly daily basis who are wondering what exactly it is they are doing wrong in reference to their houseplants. We will tell you precisely what we tell them: winter is a difficult time for potted plants to flourish, so don’t feel too bad. On the other hand, there are steps you can take to ensure that your houseplants don’t suffer during the cold months. First, however, let’s talk about why it is so difficult for your plants to find the will to live in the winter.

Not The Ideal Environment

First of all, we’re sure you have noticed how much slower the days are in the winter. This means that there is a significantly less amount of time that your plant can soak up the sunlight that is entering your home. Additionally, running the furnace in your home will suck nearly all of the humidity out of the air, which will lead to your plant nearly suffocating. The good news? There are plants that can withstand these sorts of conditions, as well as steps you can take to counteract the effects winter has on other foliage in your home.

Plants That Require Little Care

There are plenty of plants that are basically the low-maintenance girlfriend of all flora. If you often find that you have forgotten to water your plants, or you are often away from your house, there are plants you can choose to have in your home that won’t suffer because of your habits. Plants like the Chinese Evergreen, the Ponytail Palm, Snake plants and zz plants are known to need much less water than others and they also can survive in locations with low light.

Browned Leaf Tips

If you have notices that the edges on your plant’s leaves are beginning to look brown, it is likely that a low humidity level in your home is what is contributing to it. In order to reverse the issue, there are a couple of steps you can take. One way to revive your plant would be to place a humidifier in the room where your plants reside. You can also try clustering your plants together all in the same area so that they can use the moisture the others release to make them healthier.

Watering

Many people also tell us that they have no idea how often they should be watering their plants and therefore, they end up doing it too much or not enough. Either way, your plant will die should you not be watering it at the right time. The best rule of thumb is to water your plants when the top inch of soil in the pot has become dry. Simply stick your finger into the pot and if your discover the soil is dry when you have inserted your finger to the first knuckle, it’s time for a watering.

Check back to the blog soon to learn more about how you can make your home a safe haven filled with lush foliage, even in the dead of winter.

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