Posted: September 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Though it’s still crazy hot in our neck of the woods, we’re beginning to think about that seasonal flip and all the things we need to do to prepare for the changing temperatures. We’re ready. It’s officially pumpkin and scarf season and we need the weather to get with the program already.
In all of the frenzy around changing over our closets and breaking out that fall decor, one of the things we tend to forget about is our interior foliage. You see, we’re house plant people. Generally, we find these easier to care for than a full-fledged garden, AND we get to enjoy it year-round. However, we’re pretty guilty when it comes to preparing our calatheas, fig tree and spider plants for the season change. This year, we’ve decided to do something about it, so here are the care tips we’ll be carrying with us this season.
Location, location, location
A few of the same principles apply to indoor plants as outdoor ones. If it’s a variety that needs sunlight, put it near a window. If the sunlight in your home changes with the season, take it into consideration and move the plants around as needed. Many also don’t take kindly to wild changes in temperature, so keep them away from vents and drafty windows. And, much like people, they tend to do well when the room temperature is consistently between 65 and 75 degrees. The possible exception to this may be succulents, which (surprise!), may prefer cooler temps.
Rotation, rotation, rotation
For those plants that are enjoying sunshine especially, make sure to give the plants a turn regularly. Every time you water them is probably a good schedule. You don’t want the plant growing unevenly as one side is bathed in nutritious sunlight while the other is starved.
Watch the water
More than likely, your plants will need less water in the winter than in the summer. Regularly check the moisture of the soil to check, and use a planter with drainage holes to prevent over soaking the roots.
Lay off the fertilizer
Winter isn’t a season for lots of growth naturally, and it’s best not to force it. Lay off the fertilizer, natural or otherwise, during the cooler months. Bring it back into the rotation come spring.
Check for pests
Yep, just as you do for your pets, you have to check your plants for pests regularly. Keep an eye out for things like spider mites, especially if some of these plants are only seasonal houseplants that come inside when the weather cools off. Drier conditions can send these little guys scurrying for moist soil. Making a solution of water and very mild dish soap, and wiping the leaves with it, can ultimately rescue plants that have become infested.
This fall, we’re going to treat ourselves to some pretty pots and planters to inspire ourselves to keep a better eye on our indoor garden. We hope you do the same?
Do you have any houseplant tips or tricks to share? We’d love to hear them in the comments!