Healthy houseplants for the winter

by Sharon
How do I keep my houseplants healthy during the winter. Some of the leaves on various plants leaves are cracking and turning brown.

  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 08, 2017
    This is normal this time of year with varying temperatures and different light and water requirements. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch,do not let any plants sit in water.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 08, 2017
    If you're going into dark and gloomy days with less sunshine, use lamps with "natural light" bulbs or grow lights. Give the plants at least 8 hours of the artificial lights and warm up the water before you water.

  • Elaine Elaine on Dec 08, 2017
    Good lighting is important plus not over watering. It depends on the types of plants you have, but most (such as Boston Fern, Asparagus Fern, etc.) love weekly or twice-weekly misting due to dry air conditions in a home when the furnace is on. Once a week, check leaves underneath for any unwanted aphids, etc. Less air movement (due to windows being closed for Winter) can contribute to the growth of mildew ... especially on herbs such as Basil. If at all possible, when there’s a break in the weather and you have a milder day than normal, open up a window a little for an hour or so.

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Dec 08, 2017
    Increase humidity..I mist mine at least once a week

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 08, 2017
    The dry warm air increases the need for moisture in the soil. It dries out much quicker. If you don't want to over or under water them, get a moisture meter for plants. They are not expensive. If you use lighting, daylight bulbs are cheaper, but not as strong as grow lights. There may be a transition between bringing them in and the plants accepting the change in conditions in the house. My Hibiscus went dormant for a while, but are now putting out flower buds again, but not as many as when they were outside. Good luck! I hope your plants do well through the winter. Have a happy holiday Season!

    • Sharon Sharon on Dec 08, 2017
      Thank you Nancy. I never thought of warming up the water.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 08, 2017
    Not too warm, just tepid or room temperature. Cold water would shock them just as much as a cold water shower shocks us humans.