Caring for Houseplants

Houseplants sometimes struggle in winter. Here’s our list of tips for making your plants healthy and happy no matter what time of year.

• Know what light requirements your plant needs and place in appropriate locations throughout your home:

East exposure will give you intense light in the AM hours and diffused light in the PM hours.

West exposure will give you diffused light in the AM hours and intense light in the PM hours.

South exposure provides direct light ALL day.

North exposure provides low light ALL day.

• Plants don’t like sudden changes, so be sure to acclimate them gradually if you move them to a new location.

• Ideal temperature for indoor plants can vary, but for many 68° daytime and 58° evening is ideal. Night temperatures should decrease about 10° from normal day temperatures.

• Use of a pebble tray or grouping plants together can help increase humidity levels.

• Be sure your containers have drainage holes and never let your plants sit in water. This can damage and rot the roots.

• Softened water is NOT recommended for watering your plants because of high sodium levels.

• Cold water is not good for your plants. Room temperature or tepid water is the best.

• Let water set for 24 hours to evaporate chlorine and fluoride out of water.

• If you have fertilized plants through the summer months, little or no fertilizer is necessary during the winter.

• New to fertilizing? Visit our Garden Shop and ask us to recommend a product for your plants. Always READ THE LABEL and follow directions for all product applications.

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