How To Give Special Care To Plants During Chilling Winter Days
Winter in India is the most delightful season of gardening. The cold climate, dry air, clear blue skies & pleasant sunlight are perfect for growing all kinds of vegetables & flowering plants. If you wish to make the most of this season, your garden place should be ready for it well in advance. Here are a few crucial things you need to do, to make your garden winter ready:
1. Moving them to Light Areas
As the days get shorter, it becomes extremely crucial for your plants to receive the maximum amount of sunlight. Mostly, all plants require an abundant amount of sunlight but be sure to research the light requirements for the plant. In winter, one needs to take special care of house plants, since their growth rate slows dramatically and many go dormant.
2. Reduce watering
As the growth slows down this season, one needs to understand the amount of watering to be done. Overwatering can cause rotting. Watering requirements vary from plant to plant, but once a fortnight or even less is said to be sufficient in winter.
3. Control room temperature
Most house plants cannot keep up with temperature changes, which can be a problem in the winter because they will be exposed to both warmth from heat sources such as fireplaces and radiators and also to cold winds coming in from doors and windows. The key to keeping them healthy is to maintain a consistent temperature.
4. Keep them clean
An accumulation of dust on the leaves can clog their pores and invite pests. It’s critical to clean them regularly, especially during winter. In addition, damaged or diseased leaves should be removed because they can carry illnesses or pests.
5. Watching out for pests
Winter pests are problematic for window plants. If they find your plants, they can easily spread throughout the house and do a lot of damage. Keep houseplants clean and watch for pests like mites. If you spot a problem, isolate the plant and treat it immediately.
6. Reduce the use of fertilizers
Usually, fertilizers are added to plants in their growing seasons to provide the required nutrients for their growth and development. In winter, the growth of plants will be low i.e. their metabolism slows down. Adding fertilizers at this time yields nothing instead it may lead to the loss of leaves in plants (especially succulents).
7. Increase humidity
Plants enjoy humidity levels around 50 – 60%, so keep your humidifier running if you have one. If you don’t, try clustering your plants together in the most humid rooms of your home (typically the bathrooms or kitchen) or placing them on top of a large tray or baking sheet filled with water, You just have to make sure the pots don’t touch the water, so place some stones in the water and put the plants on top of the stones.
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