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Caring for Houseplants During the Winter

Carla Waters
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Caring for Houseplants During the Winter


Check out these simple and easy care houseplants practices to keep your plants healthy during the winter months!


Put your outside plants indoors

If you’re located in Pittsburgh, your outdoors plants have hopefully made it inside already. Depending on where you live and what climate you are in, make sure you move your outdoor plants inside when the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Many plants will not survive in temperatures below 40 degrees. Before bringing them in, check for insects so you don’t end up with bugs in your house!

Pay attention to your thermostat 

Once all your plants are inside, pay attention to your air-conditioning or heat setting. If you choose not to turn on your heat and the house gets below 50 degrees, your plants will begin to suffer. The best temperature for them to thrive in is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Place plants in the correct spots

Don’t place your plants in cold spots of the house. These areas might be near your front door where you’re constantly going in and out or directly beside a large window. You also want to keep them away from high heat sources such as your fireplace or ovens to keep a steady temperature-controlled environment. 

Make sure they have enough sunlight

All plants are different, so make sure to store them in areas where they will get the sunlight they need. Most of the time this is near a window, but make sure not to place them to close during the winter months because of the cold air drafts. It’s also a good idea to clean your windows off from dust and debris to allow maximum light for your plants.  

Humidity for your plants

Humidity levels naturally drop during winter months. Plants generally need humidity levels of around 50% to be healthy. During cold months your home can lose up to 20% of its humidity which is not good for the plants. If you don’t have a humidifier, you might want to consider buying one for a room and moving your plants into that room. If this isn’t possible, keep the plants in an area that gets humidity through daily water usage like your bathroom or kitchen. Moisture in these rooms is higher than others from showering, cooking, and washing dishes. 

Adjust watering routine

Plants don’t need as much watering during the winter. They grow at a slower rate during this season of cold weather, but always check the soil to avoid overwatering your plants. Touch the soil to see if the surface is still damp as many plant types need to dry in between waterings. It’s best to use room-temperature water that’s not hot or cold so you don’t shock the plant’s roots. 

Adjust fertilizing routine

Don’t feed your plants fertilizer during these freezing temperatures. After the winter season is over, your plants will begin to show signs of growth again. This is when you can begin feeding them fertilizer to help stimulate their growth for the spring and summer. 

All plants need their own personal care and routine. Many rules can be generalized, but don’t assume they pertain to each plant type. It’s important to check the proper care for each before changing your routine.  


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