It’s not all doom and gloom, though; like us humans adjust our skincare regime when the weather drops, if you slightly tweak how you look after your plants they’re sure to survive the winter and thrive all-year round.
To talk you through the five simple tips to care for your plants during winter, Maggie Dunleavy from Greener House Nursery, is here to the rescue.
1. Limit the H20
During the cooler months, your indoor plants simply don’t use as much water; largely because not much water evaporates from soil when it’s cooler.
“To keep your plants from getting waterlogged, cut back a lot on your watering,” Maggie explains.
“Having said that, it’s also important to constantly check that the soil is not drying out by poking your finger about one to two inches deep into the soil, depending on the plant.”
Your indoor plants don’t use as much water during winter – but do regularly check to see if the soil has dried out. Picture: Handkrafted
2. Give your plants a ‘bath’
It might sound a little odd, but indoor plants quite like a bit of a ‘bath of sorts’ during the winter months to clean any dust or grime that commonly builds up in the home when the heating is constantly on and we don’t open doors and windows as often.
“Keeping your leaves dust-free can be as simple as wiping them down with a cloth,” Maggie explains.
Wipe off the dust that can gather on your indoor plants during winter. Picture: Getty
Just make sure you keep the soil dry when cleaning your plant and that the plant has good drainage, Maggie says, adding: “This is also a great time to check for pests, damage, and any growth issues.”
3. Keep your plants cosy (but not toasty warm)
When the temp drops and a chilly draft finds its pesky way indoors, like us humans, plants also struggle.
“Sensitive souls, like fiddle figs, can suffer if the temperature drops dramatically, so keep them away from windows and drafts, which can be icy overnight,” Maggie reveals.
As the temperature drops, you should move your fiddle leaf fig away from windows or areas where draughts get in. Picture: Getty
“Dry air from heaters and air-conditioners can be a huge issue as well, so make sure your plant is placed away from your heat sources.”
4. Let them have light (and warmth)
As the sun doesn’t come out to play as much during winter, it’s important to ensure you give your plants a spot near a window that gets enough sun.
“Keep your plants in a bright, warm spot in winter,” Maggie says, adding, “Even if there’s just one spot, and you have 30 philodendrons, that’s where they go!”
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And if your home doesn’t get much sun at all during winter, you might want to consider supplemental lighting to give them their dose of light.
5. Don’t make too much of a fuss
Low-key maintenance – which means no repotting and no fertiliser – is key with house plants during winter, as plants grow slowly during this time.
It’s best to chill out when looking after your plants through winter. Picture: Getty
“Don’t fertilise until spring,” Maggie says.
“And don’t repot during winter, as it’s highly likely the plant will suffer from pot shock, and it’s much less likely to recover during the colder months.
“Give your plants this little hibernation time, and don’t expect too much growth.”