The holiday season is upon us which means we get to eat, drink and be merry! When it comes to our houseplants though, these things mean something a little different...
During winter months, houseplants are not actively growing and don’t need to be “fed”. They reach a state of dormancy this time of year as they sense the colder temperatures and drier air. As a result, your plants won’t need fertilizing until February or March!
Like us, plants notice seasonal changes and unlike us, they don’t love the warm air our heaters provide. Furnaces and fireplaces cause houseplants to dry out very quickly. Be sure to check the soil of your plants on a weekly basis. Stick your finger an inch into the soil to test moisture levels. If it is dry, add water around the base of the plant. About 1 cup for small plants and 2 cups for big plants.
Keep your plants cheerful and bright by dusting off their leaves. This keeps them shiny and allows them to absorb more light.
Trimming the tree (or in this case, your houseplant) is another way to keep them merry. Clipping off brown or yellow areas highlights healthy greenery and ensures that nutrients are being distributed properly. With regular scissors you can re-shape leaves, or remove dying leaves completely by clipping close to the base of the stem. This encourages new, fresh growth!
The tips we've provided are a general rule of (green) thumb. Keep in mind, different plants have different needs and each space has varying conditions in terms of humidity, light, and temperature. Finding the right balance is key to the overall health of your plants and will ensure that they are able to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season!