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Spring and summer times are when plants, particularly indoor plants, thrive and flourish the most. The cold seasons are a bit tough, but your houseplants should do perfectly fine with some tips to help them get by.
How do your houseplants thrive during the fall season? More importantly, how do you ensure they stay alive during this period leading to the coldest time of the year?
The fall season is one of the chilly times of the year, a prelude to that frozen wonderland of the winter season. A houseplant’s needs changes along with the changing season, and indoor plants are also affected by the changing world outside. To some homeowners and first-time planters, taking care of indoor plants presents different challenges when the outside temperature starts cooling down and the brightness of the sun or days starts to shorten in duration.
Preparing for the autumn season is also prepping up for the winter. So whatever houseplant work you do during fall should carry you through all winter. Houseplants grow considerably differently because of several factors. Their growth is affected by the amount of water, soil, and fertilizer used and their exposure to sunlight.
The same goes for people’s choice of houseplants. People choose their indoor plants for various reasons, such as aesthetic purposes for interior design, overall wellness, or the type of maintenance the plants require.
Despite these varying factors and changing seasons, all indoor plants need the same special attention and care regarding their growth and survival. After all, who would want a wilted, dry, brown-colored plant in the middle of their living room or bedroom?
Houseplant Fall Season Tips
It can be challenging to handle plants throughout the season’s transitions, especially when the sunlight becomes lesser and lesser. The shift towards the cold season is especially dramatic and challenging, considering that cold temperatures and dry air are a no-no to most houseplants.
Homeowners’ goal during this time is to ensure that their indoor vegetation can still thrive and survive despite the lack of warmth and sunlight. Here’s what you can do to help your plants make it through fall and winter.
Keep them Indoors
Yes, you read it right – bring your houseplants in and keep them indoors all the time. During sunny days, indoor plants are often brought outside or beside an open window, so they get their share of warmth from the sun. This practice should be avoided at the start of the fall season since most indoor plants are susceptible to cold temperatures.
Before the temperature drops below 55°F (12.5°C), grab your houseplants and bring them inside. Ensure they’re placed in an area where the temperature is steady between 65-75 degrees F (18 – 24 C) during the day and above 50 degrees F (10 C) at night. Check your plants, so they don’t have pests that they possibly picked up from the outside before bringing them indoors.
Cooler temperature poses a risk for overwatering if you’re not careful. Since the sunlight becomes less frequent, you’d notice that the water on the soil is not drying out at the average rate they usually do. Reduce your amount of watering, but don’t ultimately quit watering your plants. This means that your indoor plants require less water than usual. You would also want to avoid a scene where pests or fungus gnats would grow on your soil if the soil stays wet for too long.
Pay Attention to Light and Humidity Levels
Since your biggest challenge during this time is light and temperature, then best be prepared to improvise or plan strategically how you’ll place or condition your plants. Place your plants near windowsills at an angle where they can catch the sun’s rays without getting exposed to a cold breeze. But never place your plants near fireplaces or heaters caused too much heat will also wreak damage by drying them out.
If getting a good sunlight angle is next to impossible, invest in some grow light LED bulb that can serve as an alternative to natural sunlight and still provide that nourishing photosynthetic spectrum to help your plants grow.
Controlling room humidity levels shouldn’t be a problem in this day and age. There are room or house humidifiers that sufficiently provide that needed humidity or moisture your plants can enjoy. Moisture level at around 50-60% should do the trick.
Go Easy with Fertilizer
Forego fertilizer altogether until the spring or summer season. Plants turn dormant during the cold season, so too many fertilizers can burn the roots if there’s insufficient natural light and warm temperature to help absorb the nutrients in the soil. Light and water should be enough to keep your plants thriving during the fall and leading to the winter season.
Spruce Up Your Houseplants
Keeping your plants indoors should not stop you from having fun and livening up your house with plants. Trim and prune your plants as needed, giving them that special love and care to make them look beautiful. Constantly check for any pests or fungus that could damage the leaves. Have fun with the vines with creative twists on the walls.
For those planter pots that can liven up your plants and house, check out the Big Bob planter pots collection at Casa Z, the best planters for indoor plants. Casa Z utilizes the latest in 3D printing technology to manufacture and produce uniquely designed pots that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your plants and home décor.
Want to get all prepped up for fall’s Halloween festivities? The masked Big Bobs are your planter pots that can level up your décor just in time for the spookiest time of the year. With removable Halloween masks, these Bobs are the plant accessories perfect for getting you right into that spooky All Hallows’ Eve spirit.
Get hold of Casa Z’s special Halloween edition, the “BatBob” series. For purchases over $100, buyers will get a free mini BatBob. Want to level things up? Add Casa Z’s new product, the “Spooky the Ghost” lamp, to your room for that eerie and fun glow.
Enjoy the Fall Season
Taking care of houseplants shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying one of the most colorful times of the year. So, plant those houseplants, get them prepped up beautifully, sit back, and enjoy the delightful experience of the changing season.