Winter Plants Bring Cheer Indoors
12/29/2014 03:49AM ● Published by Family Features
Whether your indoor vegetation consists of plants you’ve brought in to protect from the elements or foliage you keep inside year-round, having plants inside provides warm weather cheer that livens up your space.
Follow these tips to keep plants thriving all winter long:
- Dry air may be your biggest enemy in keeping indoor plants healthy and happy during the winter months. Furnaces and other heating units deplete moisture from the air, leaving little for your plants to absorb. Water according to your plants’ specific needs (generally less during the winter months), and in between waterings, mist plants to keep the air humid.
- Pay careful attention to your plants’ lighting requirements. Remember that the angle of the sun varies by season, which may affect how it reaches your plants’ location, and rotate regularly to ensure the entire plant is able to soak up those much-needed rays.
- Avoid repotting, which can further stress plants adjusting to a new environment.
- African violet – Year-round blooms in a variety of colors, favors medium to bright lighting
- Peace lily – Large, white blooms and broad green leaves, tolerates lower light and humidity
- Jasmine – Fragrant, delicate flowers on a vine, prefers ample light and moisture
- Christmas cactus – Vibrant spray-like blooms, responds well to lower temperatures
- Orchids – Delicate solid and variegated blooms, minimal maintenance with moderate light and water needs