Tropical plants are the best home decoration you can have, but they are a bit expensive and require much care, especially in the cold season. Originating from warm climates with a high degree of humidity, exotic plants can encounter a lot of winter problems, and if you don’t strive to provide the best conditions, it’s possible to get sick.
If you are a beginner in caring for houseplants, especially if they are tropical, here are the best advice you should follow to care for houseplants in winter.
Provide the humidity they need
Maybe you can’t figure it out, but in winter the air in the house can be very dry due to radiators or other heating sources. For exotic plants, dry air is not beneficial at all, because it’s possible to notice that the leaf tips dry out, or that the leaves begin to bloom and have a wavy look.
In this case, you need to provide extra moisture. In the absence of a humidifier, you can try the simplest trick: place a water pot next to the plant. As the water evaporates, it will be absorbed by the leaves.
Give them plenty of light
In the cold season, exotic apartment plants need more light, especially as the sun’s rays don’t heat up so hard, and hours of natural light are fewer. Therefore, it’s advisable to place the tropical plants closer to the window. If you don’t have enough space, you can use the fluorescent light lamps.
Let them hibernate
When you buy exotic apartment plants, it’s good to know which are the ideal conditions for them. For example, some tropical plants, including the orchid, are going through winter hibernation. During this time the plant won’t grow. For this reason, it only needs to be placed in a low-lit area and rare watering only when the soil is completely dry.
Other exotic plants, such as amaryllis, are blooming in the winter around Christmas, so they need more watering and more light.
Winter is the perfect time for transplanting exotic plants. As many of them enter a stagnation phase in which they no longer develop, the stress they will face in transplanting will be much lower than in the summer, when switching from one ground to another can be a strong shock for roots.
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