Caring for Your House Plants

Harvey County Horticulture News

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House plants are fun to have around in the winter time. They definitely brighten the indoor environment as many of us spend more time inside than out in the winter.

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your plants. During the winter, houseplants typically need less water than in the summer due to reduced hours of sunlight. Err on the side of caution and use tepid water instead of cold water. Overly wet soils can lead to increased numbers of fungus gnats that lay eggs in the wet soil.

 

When purchasing houseplants during the winter, be sure to protect the foliage from the cold on the trip home. Place plants in a cardboard box or other protective covering to prevent damage to leaves.

 

On extremely cold nights, move houseplants back from icy windows to prevent chilling injury.

 

Holiday poinsettias do best with bright, indirect light and night temperatures in the 50-60’s. Keep plants away from drafts, registers, and radiators. Let the soil dry only slightly between thorough waterings. Ensure the water can drain and evaporate; punch holes in the decorative foil if needed.

 

Be sure to check houseplants often for common pests: aphids, spider mites, scale, mealybugs, whiteflies, and thrips.

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