Indoor Plant Care During Winter
What are indoor houseplants anyway? Simply put, they are plants that are grown in a structure, which can be inside or outside of a home. When thinking about what a houseplant really is, you have to think in terms of a flower. Flowers are a form of indoor houseplants because they require the same amount of care. In fact, all houseplants, indoor or outdoor, are actually low-maintenance greenery.
Where does the name come from? Indoor houseplants were once thought to refer to "plantings" that were grown in an enclosed space, such as a conservatory or an indoor garden. But that was before many indoor plants experienced an instant popularity boost when television celebrities began to grow them in famous homes. Now, if you scratch the surface of any good book on houseplants, you will find the word "irrigation holes" in it. Watering the plants was considered tantamount to "drinking" water, because it required large amounts of water, and many of these exotic plants did not have the requisite drainage holes in their pots to allow for easy draining.
A few houseplants that tend to require low light conditions are Levera and Cattail. They are best suited to shady areas, so you don't need to worry about sunlight either. If you use them in the right spot (as they are extremely popular), they can even grow with minimal sunlight. But if you keep your houseplants out of the shade in the winter, they might die because of the lack of sunlight.
Another type of indoor houseplant, that needs a lot of moisture, is the Water Botanist's palm. If you mist your palms in the morning with water from a spray bottle, you will get excellent results. This plant likes a humidifier, so you should purchase one that has high humidity levels.
One group of indoor plants that are best kept out of the winter are cacti. These are most easily damaged by freezing temperatures. Since they do require a fair amount of sunlight in the summer months, they do not do well in lower humidity situations. If you place your cacti outdoors in the winter, you might want to consider putting a glass jar over them to keep the cold out, as well as to provide protection against desiccation and freezing.
One attractive houseplants that do well no matter what season are the shrubbery or vines of the conifers. Vines that do well in low humidity conditions, or where there is limited moisture, include the broom, phlox, false moose, holly, nettles, poinsettia, ramberry, and virginity. Some conifers, such as the orchid, will tolerate some frost, but many require a full frost free growing season. If you are considering planting them in the winter, choose containerized plants that do well in cold weather.
When it comes to indoor plant care, it is also important to keep any excess water away from the roots. This is because as the soil becomes dry it becomes a perfect medium for bacteria to grow. You will want to alternate the amounts of water that you give your houseplants; this will help them to avoid stress during dry spells.
One last tip for growing houseplants in the winter months is to protect them from harsh winter environments by using planters that have built-in drainage. Many of these houseplants can survive without any type of protection. If you have an established root system, you might not need to use any type of protection. However, it is not always possible to provide your houseplants with any type of protection. For most houseplants, it is simply a matter of giving them sufficient room to grow. If you do have to provide some sort of protection, it should be a water-based solution that will remove most of the water from the soil and replace it with a more substantial amount of water after every couple of weeks.