Many of us have adopted some beautiful house plants throughout the past few months for our homes as well for our office. When it comes to cooler months, do we have the resources to know how to care for our green beauties? As many of you know these plants strive the most in warmer and humid condition since many of these indoor plants were transferred from tropical weather. The following tips offer a good general guideline, but the precise needs of an amaryllis or poinsettia, for example, will be different from a rapidly climbing pothos or a potted geranium plant that's coming indoors for the winter.
1. Adjust your watering routine
While it's true that during the winter months, the air is much drier, some plants grow less during winter, some even stay dormant during these months. Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering (for most plants). Excess water promotes root and stem rot.
2. Look around for lights in your office
The areas of your office with the most light may shift as the day becomes shorter. While most high-rise building tend to have the right amount of light, some offices with trees around the buildings might cause the sunlight to shift slightly. Place the plants in an area with as much light as possible, During Fall and Winter months, water once per week and continue fertilizing once per month. As the nights get longer during the Spring, inrease watering to twice per week, again depending on the plants variety.
3. Check for pests
The slow growth of the plants can show signs of pests, such as aphids. Outdoors, there are typically plenty of natural predators to keep insects in balance but indoors, a small colony of insects can grow rapidly. Should you see pests, treat with an insecticidal soap or a product containing neem oil. There are both synthetic and organic types available.
4. Alter humidity level
5. Mimic the environment they come from
Lots of houseplants originate in more warmer tropical weather but some live in shady areas and some thrive in the sunshine so try to mimic the environment as much as you can by researching the variety you've chosen. Just like any living things, sudden temperature changes can freak out these plants. To understand them better, sometimes you have to return to their roots (puns intended).
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