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4 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy in Winter

Some things are difficult in the winter: keeping cold air drafts out of your rooms, saving money on heating, preserving your wood flooring and much more. One thing that doesn’t usually make the Must-Do list for Winter? Healthy plants. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be difficult in some climates. Here are four simple tips that help you build good plant growing habits during colder months.

  1. Monitor sunlight. Less daylight means plants receive less sunlight in the winter; make the most of the time they are exposed to the sun. Move plants to sunny spots, closer to the windows. Each week, rotate the pot about a quarter turn to make sure all sides of your plant is receiving sunlight.
  2. Avoid temperature extremes. Keep plants away from cold drafts, like a window that isn’t sealed well or the front door. Cold is not the only thing to worry about, and heat from air vents or a radiator can be problematic. Sudden temperature changes can put stress on them or even dry them out.
  3. Watch for pests, such as aphids and spider mites. Inspect the leaves and stems every time you water. If you find some unwanted guests, Safer Brand’s Houseplant Sticky Stakes or Garden Safe Organic Insect Killer should do the trick.
  4. Clean your plants foliage. Use a microfiber cloth or a damp cloth to gently wipe down foliage to make sure the sunlight is fully penetrating the plants’ leaves.

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