10 tips for indoor plant care during winter
Many flower and plant growers claim that they feel uneasy every time they pluck a leaf or flower. The famous French poet and lyricist Charles Baudelaire says: “Why do you think flowers don’t hurt when you tear them? How many times have I died with plants.” However, regular maintenance of indoor flowers and plants is necessary and desirable for further successful growth and development of flowers and plants.
- Indoor plants turn yellow quickly. The plants would grow faster if they were kept in pots in the fresh air. We can keep the plants outside (on the balcony or in the garden) during the winter if the temperature is not lower than 10 degrees C. Otherwise, keep the plants in a sheltered corner out of the reach of drafts.
- The soil in pots with houseplants can be well fertilized from time to time with coffee grounds. Pour the cold coffee grounds into flower pots. Use a thin stick to loosely loosen the upper part of the soil.
- Indoor plants or winter flowers in vases will last longer if you add one tablespoon of powdered sugar or 2 sugar cubes to the water.
- Press a tablet of activated carbon into the soil in the pots in which the plants (and flowers) have already wilted a little. You will notice that the plant is slowly recovering.
- The plants are withered or the leaves are yellow and often fall off – slowly remove the plant from the pot, being careful not to injure the plant. Loosen the soil manually with your hands. Return the soil to the pots and press the plant down again.
- Water the plants only with stagnant water and rainwater if you have the possibility to collect rainwater.
- If the plant has completely withered and has no chance of survival (after your intervention) – then it is better to completely remove such a plant from the pot. Save the soil or add it to other pots.
- Cacti prefer cooler rooms, so keep these plants in the hallway or another room without any heating.
- In the markets, you can often see tables where traders sell their own plants from their homes or transplanted plants (or exchange for other products). The prices are very favorable (especially at the end of working hours when traders go home and pack their goods, i.e. plants) and this purchase supports small local traders (producers).
- Share tips with other plant and flower lovers and ask them for advice. Every new tip you get will be useful in expanding your knowledge of plants and horticulture and help you improve your own knowledge and better care(maintain) plants in pots or home greenhouses.