Although houseplants live predominantly indoors, they are still susceptible to the changing seasons. As we move into fall, here are some tips for prepping your plants for cooler weather.
- Bring them inside. During the warm summer months, many houseplants benefit from the sunlight and fresh air of a porch or backyard, but as it starts to get cold again, they should be brought inside. Take your plants indoors before the weather drops to 55 degrees Fahrenheit
- Time to repot? After an active summer of growing, many plants might be feeling cramped in their pots. If your plant is curling in on itself or growing roots out the drainage holes of its pot, it’s time for a bigger home.
- Give them a shower. Just like humans, houseplants collect dirt over time. Refresh them, soak their roots, and clean dust off their leaves with a light rinse.
- Time for a trim? Trimming plants tidies them up and gives them room for new growth. Start by removing any dead or yellowing leaves at their base. You can also clear out some healthy leaves if the plant is looking crowded, just don’t clean out more than 20 percent of the plant’s volume. If you have any scarred leaves, cut the damaged area off with sharp scissors at an angle ¼ inch below the scar. Pro tip: wipe your scissor blades with rubbing alcohol between cuts to prevent spreading any infections or pests.
- Fertilize. You should cut back on feeding plants during the fall and winter, but it doesn’t hurt to do an end of season light feed before the winter sets in.
- Think about light and temperature. As the seasons change so does the sunlight and warmth in your home. Be sure to keep plants in a warm area away from drafts but not too close to hazards like radiators or fireplaces.
- Adjust your watering. With less light and lower temperatures, plants don’t grow as quickly in the winter months and require less hydration. Be careful not to overwater during this slower season.