How to Keep Your Houseplants Happy Over the Winter
Is it time to repot?
Has it been several years since this was done? Does the plant look disproportionate to the pot? Are you seeing roots coming out of the top or bottom? Have you seen insects in the soil? Does water tend to drain through rapidly and not penetrate the soil?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it’s time to repot. **WE CAN DO THIS FOR YOU IN OUR POTTING AREA!!** Bring in your plant, we can help select the appropriate pot and leave it for us to clean up and repot with fresh soil (usually takes a few days).
For the do-it-yourselfers, we can help you select the appropriate pot and soil for your job.
Check your plant for insects! I like to spray down all my houseplants (and their pots) with a hose to clean off dust, bugs, pollen. Even if I don’t see any insects I spray the leaf tops and bottoms. It gives the leaves a glorious clean shine and will kill any insects that may not be visible to the naked eye.
I also use a systemic insecticide that acts as a preventative, getting absorbed by the plant for future insect control. Another method is to soak the pot in a bucket of water for a few hours and that will drown any insects living in the soil.
Make sure that you have the right size saucer for your new pot. I highly recommend filling your saucer with pebbles and keeping water in it. As it evaporates it will help create some humidity and help counter the dry air we suffer from in the winter months.
Now that your plants are clean and shiny and stretching their roots into the perfect pot it is time to bring them indoors.
**Keep in mind that every time plants are repotted or moved they will go through a period of shock. Some yellowing of leaves or dropping of leaves is totally normal.**
For more information on keeping houseplants happy over the winter, check out this article!