Wintertime brings unfavourable growing conditions, so here are some quick tips on how to keep your plant babies healthy and happy all winter long!
Indoor plants require less watering in winter because they're less active, much like humans! Until late February, adjust your watering routine by watering less frequently and with less water. This will also reduce the chances of fungus gnats becoming an issue.
Always check your soil for moisture. Poke your finger into the soil and see if its dry an inch or two below soil level. If it is dry, then its time to pull out the watering can. When in doubt, use a moisture meter. It's also a good idea to use room temperature water.
In the winter, humidity levels tend to drop between 10-20%. Since plants prefer a level closer to 50%, using a plant mister or a humidifier in your home during those dry winter months would be beneficial. Another good option would be to use a moisture tray. The easiest way to create a moisture tray is to simply fill a plate or saucer with a layer of pebbles and water. Just be sure the plant sits on the pebbles and not directly in the water. This will create a mini biosphere of humidity around your plants
Most plants enjoy daytime temperatures between 65-75°F and nighttime temperatures above 50°F. Be sure to keep your plants away from cold drafts, doors and heat sources like heat vents, fireplaces, ovens and electric heaters. Extreme fluctuation in temperatures is critical to healthy plants and keeping them alive!
Since plants go through more of a dormant stage from around October to March-April, fertilizing them isn't necessary. Feeding them during these months will only confuse them and mess with their natural cycle. Your plants need a winter break too!
Don't worry or fuss too much during these cold months. Instead, consider this their "off" season. Enjoy their beauty and all the green and lushness they will give you on those cold and snowy days!