Top 5 Plant Care Basics For Winter

The hours of sunlight are shorter after the autumn equinox, so indoor plants are getting less natural sunlight. Scale back watering frequency. A good rule of thumb is to press a finger about 1” into the soil, if t it is still damp, wait to water until it becomes dry to this depth.

Plant care basics for winter are a common topic around here, and our goal is to share with you our top tips before the coldest of weather sets in.

House plants have different needs in the winter months. Most go to sleep or do not grow in the cold months. This is known as dormancy. When a plant is not in active growth, more water or fertilizer than it needs can be damaging.

Check out our pro tips for just right plant care basics for winter…

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Top 5 Plant Care Basics For Winter
1. Watering

The hours of sunlight are shorter after the autumn equinox, so indoor plants are getting less natural sunlight. Scale back watering frequency. A good rule of thumb is to press a finger about 1” into the soil, if t it is still damp, wait to water until it becomes dry to this depth.

2. Feeding

During the winter plants go into a dormant stage, a hibernation to store up energy for spring growth. Hold off on fertilizing until the spring, or dilute to half the strength recommended on the bottle.

3. Protect

Give plants ample sun, but keep away from drafty spaces and protect leaves from touching cold windows. Turn plants in the sun a ¼ rotation at each watering to allow for equal sunning. Indoor air is dryer during the winter, and plants will appreciate an occasional misting or warm humidifier nearby. Be on the lookout for signs of pests and treat at the first sign to avoid a wider invasion.

4. Pruning

Similar to outdoor plants, the period just before the spring growth spurt is a good time to prune. For flowering plants, trim back after flowering, for others wait until late winter and remove any dead leaves or rotted stems, and cut back at leaf nodes if growth control is needed.

5. Soil

Plants draw their nourishment from their roots through the soil, so a healthy mix imperative at all times of the year. Depending on how long your plants have been in the same soil, or where they were purchased, the soil mix may need to be upgraded. If you find your plant struggling despite all the right care, the soil could be the culprit. Try replacing the soil with a professional mix. We’re often asked what we recommend and we stock our preferred brand, Fafard Sungro in store. Keep the same pot size unless the roots appear either cramped, too dry, or soggy because they need more growth space.

Rely On Our Pros

When you purchase plants or pots in our store, we’re happy to take the guesswork out and repot your plants for you. The service and the soil are on us!

When sending you home with new plants, we’ll be sure they are properly wrapped to protect against the outdoor air, and we’ll remind you to never leave them in the car without the heat on, while you run other errands.

For a preview of what you’ll find at Studley’s greenhouse, visit our Houseplants page. We ship nationwide, fresh from our greenhouse direct to your door.

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My Pro Tip

Your grandma or your mom may have advised it is good to talk to your plants. Far be it from us to question the wisdom of elders, and it does seem there is something to it. Scientists have actually invested a great deal in the study of the effects of talking, sound and vibration, or music on the growth of plants. It is surprisingly a controversial subject. Our better sense tells us to listen to grandma, and we know nature is anything but silent, so whether you sing to them, talk to them or play music for them, you are paying more attention to your plants and that can’t hurt. We 💚 that Spotify has a dedicated plant inspired playlist: Music For Plants.

See you at Studley’s!

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