When cold weather begins to arrive in many parts of the country, most gardeners will prepare their plants for frost and freezing temperatures by pruning leaves, trimming branches, and adding extra mulch and soil to the area the plants are in.
But other gardeners choose to keep their plants indoors, so there is no worry about cold weather since temperatures inside remain fairly consistent. If you have the desire to keep house plants, here are some tips that will get you started:
If you are bringing in plants that have previously been outdoors, give them a once-over to rule out the possibility of bringing in an infestation of insects, or possible disease on the plants themselves. If you do see something that looks out of place, trim the area off if possible; and if in doubt, take the plant to an experienced gardener who can investigate the suspect area further.
Provide stable temperatures for your indoor houseplants. It should go without saying that your household will have an ambient temperature range, but be mindful of colder temperatures transmitted from frost on windowpanes, or drafts blowing in from underneath age and weather warped doors.
Unless the care of a plant specifically calls for it, don’t place a plant in an area where it will get full sunlight for more than half of the day. Too much sunlight can be just as detrimental as too little. Whenever possible, your indoor houseplants should be placed in a window or area of a room that faces south, in order to get ideal sunlight, but not too much.
Be mindful of humidity. Plants placed too close to heat vents or an air conditioner can dry out. Finger-test soil to confirm moistness, and if necessary, add a thermostat that displays the humidity levels.
Provide sterile soil during initial planting or re-potting, and always use clean water and provide this water on a routine.
Above all, it pays to know your plants. Take the time to determine the best types of plants for your home.