Indoor plants need a lot of care and attention during winter to survive in good conditions. But you must know of the problems that may occur overwinter to any houseplant, and try to avoid them.
Whether indoor plants stay inside throughout the year or you bring them inside in the cold season, you should know that they can suffer if they don’t live in proper conditions.
Lack of light
Plants have less light indoors, especially during the winter. Absence of a few hours of adequate light per day can negatively affect your plants.
When they don’t have enough light, the plants can grow poorly, leaving a growing distance between the leaves. If the plant is not properly placed in the light, it may deform, leaning towards the window. Leaves falling due to lack of light, is more common in the case of mature leaves at the base of the root.
It’s important to place the plants as close as possible to a South-facing window. If you can’t do this, buy a special lamp for your plants.
The dry air
Humidity decreases very much in winter, so your plants are in danger of getting dehydrated. When the problem is dry air, you will notice that the edges of the leaves get a brownish color.
To prevent dehydration and the fall of the leaves, it’s not advisable to water them often. Avoid spraying your plants with water from a spray bottle. After it dries, the leaves will dehydrate again.
The solution is to increase the humidity of the air using a humidifier.
It’s advisable to move the pots close to the windows so the plants can get enough light, but if they are too close they can suffer from cold.
The cold air to which tropical plants are exposed, when they are placed near a window, can slow growth and cause leaf loss.
Even if it plants won’t suffer from cold, temperature variations can affect them pretty badly.
When you want to combat the effects of low humidity in the air, you can risk overwatering plants in pots. To avoid the problem, place the pots in gravel filled plates. Fill the plates partially with water so it evaporates and penetrates the soil through the drain holes. If the water level is too high, it can infiltrate into the soil and the roots will rot.
Diseases and pests
To prevent serious problems, it’s important to carefully check your plants on all sides regularly. Spraying the leaf using a spray bottle can speed the appearance of some fungi on the leaves.
When mites or other insects are the problem, it’s important to check the lower part of the leaves. In that place they are usually more active and lay eggs.