Plant Care Tip #47: Temperature Control

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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Just like a certain pop singer we're hot, and then we're cold (especially during California winters). This drastic change in sensations will quickly have us reaching for the thermostat, but before you do, consider how your plants might react to the roller coaster ride of temperatures.

  • Some indoor plants enjoy balmier temps and thrive in warmer and sunnier conditions. Think Money Trees, Cacti, some Palm varieties and Succulents. If you have any of these in your collection, make sure you adjust your heating (or placement near a window for more sun) during the colder months. This helps accommodate for the lack of warmth. 

  • Others can survive colder temps if needed - think Sansevieria, Cast Irons, Zanzibar Gems, and Silver Evergreens. They do fine with winter temps, but you may need to water less. 

  • Most indoor plants are happiest in temperatures that falls somewhere in between hot and cold. *Cue Miss Rhode Island from Miss Congeniality and her idea of a perfect date: "April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." Our plant babies don't have a huge selection when it comes to jackets though, so we recommend keeping them happy with indoor temps somewhere between 65º-75º F. 

  • *Pro tip*: Whether you're adjusting temps up or down in your space, make sure you don't sacrifice humidity! Blasting the heat or the AC will dry out the air, and that will cause most plants to wilt, dry out, or drop leaves!


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LARGE ZANZIBAR GEM

Long and graceful wandlike stems with lush fleshy leaves, resembling a group of feathers, the Zanzibar Gem is a near indestructible indoor plant.