Winter Hints for Houseplants

Harvey County Horticulture News

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Well we have a great blanket of snow on the ground like we haven’t seen in a long time. So after all of the sledding and making of snow angels I was reminded of caring for houseplants in the home.

If you plan to buy 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.

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.

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

Poinsettias do best with bright, indirect light and night temperatures in the 50-60’s. Keep plants away from drafts and vents. 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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