As the weather gets colder, it’s time to bring your houseplants indoors. Fall is a great time to do maintenance on your houseplants so they’ll be ready for spring. Different plants have different needs, make sure to do your research. Here are some tips from our greenhouse on how to prepare your houseplants for the cold weather! 

Tip 1: Remove any pests

Before you bring your houseplant inside, make sure to check it for any pests. Pests may hide in the crevices or undersides of leaves. Identify and take the appropriate measures to remove the pest before bringing it inside. You don’t want pests spreading to your indoor plants. Even if you don’t spot any pests, it’s still a good idea to spray your plant with neem oil. Check out our article on how to identify and remove pests from your houseplants here

Tip 2: Adjust your watering routine 

Believe it or not, most houseplants need less water in the colder months. The dry air makes plants experience a slow growing rate and go into hibernation mode. Make sure to water your plants a little less than you would normally.

Tip 3: Consider a grow light

Consider buying a grow light to provide plants with extra energy. LED grow lights are popular since they take up less energy when left on all day. Always position a grow light above your plant. Different plants need different levels of light. Grow lights are optional, not all plants will need one.

Tip 4: Don’t repot

If possible, don’t re-pot until spring. Repotting can be tough on plants as they need their strength to get through the winter. Hold off on repotting until the weather gets warmer. 

Tip 5: Avoid harsh air

If possible, move your plant to a similar environment so it isn’t shocked when moved indoors. Avoid placing your plant next to any drafts, heaters, vents, or cold window sills. If available, use a humidifier to add moisture to dry winter air. 

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