Question - Can you buy houseplants in winter?

Answered by: Jeremy Moore  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 27-06-2022  |  Views: 1437  |  Total Questions: 14

With the proper precautions, you should be able to continue purchasing houseplants all winter long. Try to avoid buying them on very cold days, below 20 degrees, because it will be harder to protect them while you transport them. 9 Ways To Keep Your House Plants Alive This Winter Move Plants Closer to Windows, but not too Close. Clean Your Windows. Dust your Plants off. Add Artificial Light. Keep Your Home Warm. Maintain humidity. Keep Plants Away from Drafts or Heating Vents. Get New Planters. With these winter-flowering plants you will be sure to brighten up your pots and flower borders in no time. Heather. Winter-flowering heather is a brilliant plant for low-growing texture. Japanese quince. Also known as chaenomeles, this is a hardy woody shrub. Winter aconites. Pansies. Cyclamen. Helleborus. Dogwood. Viburnum. Most popular houseplants grow slower in the winter, which is good since many will tolerate lower light levels. Unfortunately, some houseplants will grow leggy if they don't get enough light. It's best to know the light requirements of your plants so you can provide the correct amount. Most houseplants are tropicals and prefer temperatures between 65-75°F during the day and about 10 degrees cooler at night. For many plants, temperatures below 50°F can cause problems. Adjust thermostats to cater to your comfort, but remember your plants need some consideration.

Fertilization. Houseplants, like people, need food to perform, especially when they are actively growing. Spring and summer are necessary feeding months; however during the winter, feeding is not necessary. If you do fertilize, do it sparingly.

YES IT DOES. However there is nothing wrong in giving your indoor plant a little fresh air but moving them frequently is not a good idea. Because they are not accustomed to outside conditions. so it affects them in many ways.

For most houseplants, reduce watering to once every fortnight. For succulents, only water every two to three weeks, and for cacti, stop watering entirely. The exception is winter-flowering plants, such as Christmas cacti and poinsettias, which need watering whenever the compost feels dry.

Move Plants Away From Windows on Freezing Nights The air near windows can grow very cold when the temperature outside drops at night. Move house plants off the windowsill if it looks like it will freeze. Some people leave the plants in place and cover them with newspaper, but moving them is often easier.

Cloches can also be used to shield plants, or cover them in a blanket of pine straw for the night. Plants such as azaleas, boxwoods, camellias, and hollies also need extra protection during the winter. Add a layer of mulch (pine bark or pine straw) around the base of these shrubs after the first frost.

So unless in warm climates, or very hardy plants, perennials usually must be brought indoors overwintered or else treated as annuals. If overwintering indoors, most perennials must be keep quite cool, preferably around 50 degrees but even 40 degrees to freezing may be best for many.

Sheets, blankets or drop cloths strung on tall wooden stakes, draping to the ground -- not tied to trunks or stems -- work well. Place a chair or box over the plants as a simple way to protect them from freezing. A 100-watt outdoor-safe light under the covering to increase temperatures at night.

Most houseplants be put outside between May and September. Timings do vary around the country and from year to year, so to be safe, wait until about 2-4 weeks since the last frost. If your garden is exposed, then you may also choose to wait a little later.

Water Spray Spraying plant leaves down with water removes dust and dirt, and it can rinse away insect pests and fungal spores. Although a spray of water benefits the plant's health, foliage that remains wet for an extended period is prone to the diseases that require a moist environment to grow.

Some houseplants prefer ericaceous or acidic soil. These include African violets, gardenias, ferns and azaleas. Such plants should be fed using a specially-formulated ericaceous fertiliser. You don't need to feed them in winter.

Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months, but some slow growers can call the same pot home for years. Early spring, before the start of the growth season, is the best time to repot your houseplants.

Plants That Survive Winter Coneflower (Echinacea) Though the coneflower does not maintain its beautiful purple coloring in freezing temperatures, it will come back in the spring, strong as ever, if properly cared for in the offseason. Lily of the Valley. Blue Spruce. Wintergreen Boxwood. Catmint. Coral Bells (Heuchera) Pansies. Hostas.

You should start feeding regularly once they fill their pot with roots. If you want them to remain healthy and create a lush, attractive display, you need to give them regular feedings. From early spring into summer, both leafy plants and flowering plants require some feeding at 10-14 day intervals.

Water for Plants During Winter Your plants won't need as much water during their dormancy as they do in the spring and summer, but be sure to water them deeply a few times a month. As a rule of thumb, water when the soil is dry to the touch, the temperature is not below 40 F.