With fall’s arrival, it is time to make some changes to the care of houseplants. Transitioning your houseplant care from summer to fall is not a difficult process. With the right preparation, you can keep your plants healthy and happy all year long. Here are some tips for maintaining your houseplants during the transition from summer to autumn.
Water Your Plants Less Often - Since houseplants go through a dormancy period in the fall and winter months during which they need less water and attention as the days get shorter. Your plants will be getting less light, and their growth is slower. Check the soil to make sure it is completely dry before watering. Here is some information on how to water your plants.
Light Exposure - Light exposure changes drastically in the fall with the time of day and season. The most obvious changes are that the sun sets earlier, and plants get less direct sunlight. It is important to keep your plants in locations that get the same amount of light they got in the spring and summer. If lighting is a problem, consider a grow light to keep your plants thriving. There are also some less noticeable changes that occur in the fall. Even though natural light is a valuable resource, we do not often think about it affecting houseplants. When winter arrives, it is essential to make sure that houseplants are exposed to ample daylight hours so they can continue photosynthesizing properly for their own health and well-being.
Bring Your Plants Indoors – If you happen to move your houseplants outdoors for the summer, now is the time to bring them indoors. They need to be brought indoors before evening temperatures drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Check your plants out for pests before bringing them indoors. Here are more details on best practices for bringing your houseplants indoors.
More Humidity – In the fall, humidity in homes can easily drop with the cold weather. This is especially true in drier climates, so it is important to take initiative and make sure your plants have enough moisture. If you do not have a humidifier you might want to invest in one. Grouping your plants together is another way to increase humidity. Your plant will have a better life if they have a stable environment. Make sure they are not near a radiator and are not subjected to temperature extremes or drafts. These things will stress your plant.
Falling Foliage - Fall is the time of year when leaves are falling off and plants are getting ready to hibernate for the winter. This is not a problem as the plant is adjusting to the lower light levels indoors. Having less light means the plant has less energy for foliage. It is all right for you to take off any of the mature leaves you see deteriorating.
Do Not Fertilize – Since plant growth slows down in the fall and winter, you can stop fertilizing your houseplants until spring when their growth season starts again. This time of year, your plants just need water and sunlight.
Repot Your Plant – If your plants had considerable growth in the spring and summer, consider repotting your plant in a marginally larger pot.
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