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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 4, 2018 3:22 PM CST

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I have a journalist writing an article about houseplant care for the winter and he's hoping to get some tips from us here at Garden.org (and he will credit us in his article).

He's looking for any kinds of useful and short tips for houseplants for winter time, kind of like 1 or 2 sentence tips that his readers would find helpful.

Does anybody have any that they could throw out there for me to send him? I'll give 10 acorns for each tip we use!
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WillC
Jan 4, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Most indoor potted plants do just fine in winter low humidity, as long as the soil and roots are properly hydrated. If your plant is struggling, it is probably not because of low winter humidity.
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WillC
Jan 4, 2018 3:28 PM CST
Few indoor potted plants go into dormancy in winter. Their growth rate may slow somewhat due to shorter hours of light. However, they will still need water and regular care.
Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 4, 2018 3:30 PM CST
Spider mites thrive and reproduce very rapidly in warm dry air. Thus, winter is the season you are more likely to find them. Look for tiny dust-like particles on the tops and bottoms of leaves.
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WillC
Jan 4, 2018 3:33 PM CST
Misting does not increase humidity appreciably because the water droplets evaporate in a few minutes. Likewise, bathrooms have high humidity only during and shortly after someone showers. Humidifiers and pebble tray are better ways to raise humidity for plants.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2018 3:52 PM CST
Good air circulation is important when growing indoor plants. A fan running on low speed will help keep the air circulating around your plants.

If you live in a part of the country that experiences cold winters, be sure the plants are not located near doors where they will receive constant cold drafts every time the door is opened.

Keep indoor plants away from air and heat vents; constant blasts of cold or hot air causes excessive drying.

Grouping plants together helps raise humidity but placing your plants on trays of moist pebbles will help greatly with keeping the humidity in a good range; replenish the water as it evaporates.

Be vigilant about monitoring your plants and taking care of pests before they are out of control.



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lauriebasler
Jan 5, 2018 4:52 AM CST
With shorter days and less sun, plants will use much less water in winter. Many plants also should not be fertilized in winter as well.
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Faridat
Jan 5, 2018 5:58 AM CST
When you put a plant into its new home, watch the light during different times of the day. Does it get direct sunlight? Is it bright but indirect? Is it shady? Then read about the specific light needs of your plant and if this place you had chosen doesn't match it, your plant will have to go to another place, so it can thrive at your care!

When you repot a plant, never choose a bigger pot than necessary just because it is available. Pots should increase in size gradually, and even never if a plant does not need it.

After you water your plant thoroughly, empty the water that has remained in the catch dish.

There are a couple of plants that need afternoon sun, but not all of them. Your plant's leaves can get sunburnt, heat stressed and damaged. Even a sun loving plant has to be acclimated gradually to a full sun position, to its new home's different light situation.

Do not move constantly your plant into a different area of your home. Find its suitable place and leave it there. Some plants are especially sensitive to moving, as it means different light and temperature situations, and could go into shock, shedding a lot of their leaves.

Pick the right soil mix for your plant. Not all soils are suitable for all plants, a cactus or a succulent cannot be planted into the same mix as a water loving plant. Match the soil to your plant's needs, and do not go with what is available at any time.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 5, 2018 11:54 AM CST
Somewhat counterintuitively, some indoor plants may need more frequent watering in winter. Even though the hours of daylight are reduced and the growth rate slows, the warm dry air of winter may increase soil evaporation thereby requiring more frequent watering. Best to water as needed, not by a predetermined or calendar schedule.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Jan 5, 2018 1:24 PM CST
I agree Will. I was surprised to find that to be the case. If the plant is still growing and not dormant, I very lightly fertilize when watering.

Be sure to give plants the greatest amount of light possible during the winter months, even so called low light plants. They survive, not thrive in low light situations.

Beware of low E windows, especially in a northern area in the winter months. They cut out a considerable amount of light available to plants.

If you have cacti and succulents, check to see which are winter dormant and do not water these. Otherwise, the roots will rot as the plant can not use the moisture.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 5, 2018 2:02 PM CST

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This is wonderful, thank you! Keep posting as much as you like. On Monday I'll compile them together. Smiling
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 5, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Skip watering jade plants until the leaves begin to shrivel slightly.


Giving more water to coleus than they need is a good way to kill them.


Many plants merely survive the winter so don't expect any great growth until they get more sun.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 8, 2018 1:20 PM CST

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Thank you all, this is exactly what I was hoping to get. I've awarded acorns for all the tips that were used.

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