Upon reading that Paige had tagged me for a Household Tips Meme, I had to smile. Far be it for me to offer tips on anything household. But then I thought that I do pay attention to my house plants and could offer some pearls of wisdom.
Keeping house plants thriving during winter can be challenging. Furnaces dry out the air and our skin, and are equally as hard on plants.
Here are some ways to keep humidity levels up for indoor plants in winter:
- Put plants together in groupings to retain humidity from the plants’ soil. (Plants also look better, in my view, when grouped together.)
- Keep a plant mister filled with water and near your plants. Give the plants a few spritzes several times each day.
- Put bowls of water near plant groupings but out of the way of big doggie paws.
One thing I warn against is over-watering during winter months. Many plants like having a period of dormancy before they begin producing new growth in spring. Reduce watering until a plant has dried out, except for plants in flower such as the Bengal Clock Vine (pictured above) and the Amaryllis (pictured at right). I have learned the hard way that it is better to err on the side of under-watering. Your plants will thank you.
If you have any good tips on house plants and would like to participate in this meme, please visit Paige’s blog here for instructions.
And my observation for this day:
When simple things become difficult, you see the world differently.