The Plant Hunter & ndash; The Sill

The Plant Hunter & ndash; The Sill

The Plant Hunter & ndash; The Sill

It's that time of year again ...

And the temperature changes outside your plant care should change inside. We know houseplants thrive during the spring and summer, but the real challenge is helping them survive during the fall and winter.

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That's where we come in. Move Indoors

If you move any of your plants outside for the summer, it's time to bring them back indoors. before it gets too chilly. Keep in mind they might have picked up a few pesky friends during their summer vacation - so check your plants carefully for pests before bringing them inside.

- Dust Leaves

Like dust accumulates on your bookshelf, it also accumulates on the porous surfaces of your houseplant. Lightly dust off leaves and stems with a damp cloth every week or so. Accumulated dust on leaves plug their pores - making it difficult to plants to "breath" and conduct photosynthesis.

- Increase Humidity

Indoor humidity levels drop considerably during the fall of the buildings fire up their heating systems. This can be devastating for houseplants, considering most common varieties are tropical in origin. Try to mist your plants weekly, or invest in a humidifier. And remember to never place potted houseplants next to, or on top of, the heating system.

- Maintain Light

The angle of the sun changes considerably with the season, so pay close attention to fall settles in. Some plants might require a new location - i.e. to get close to the same amount of sun as they did during the summer. In addition, rotate your plants every week or two so they receive light on all sides.

- Forgo Fertilizer

This is one of the most important tips to follow. Because plants growth rate is very slower in the fall and waiter, your plants will not require as much water as they did during the spring and summer. You might find yourself watering half, or even two-thirds, less frequently. For example, that snake plant might find itself thirsty once every six weeks, instead of every three weeks. And make sure to use tepid water - a freezing cold shower can shock your plants.

Nervous about under-watering? Follow your gut (or our guidelines below ...) and remember you can always add water, but can not extract. The Fiddle Leaf Fig

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h3> Is my plant thirsty?

1. Eye it.

Small, tabletop plants typically need water as soon as the soil is dry. Take a peek under your plant's foliage to check the color, and consequently moisture, of its potting mix. Moist potting mix will appear darker than dry potting mix.

2. Try it.

Use your finger tip to check the consistency of the potting mix along the edge of the planter. If the first two inches of soil are dry - it's usually a sign that it's time to water your plant. Try to avoid poking around too much though. You do not want to damage your plant roots.

3. Lift it.

Your potted plant will feel much heavier after it has been watered. If it feels like lighter than after you watered it last, chances are it's thirsty.

4. Water it. When watering, pour tepid water into the planter by the base of the plant until the water begins to trickle into the saucer below. Let the plant soak up the water for about 15 minutes, then empty any remaining water from the saucer. Do not let your plant sit in the saucer of ideal water, which can potentially cause overwatering and root rot.

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