Maintaining Houseplants Through the Winter

Having plants indoors during the winter can be tough. The heat is on, and the air is dry. If your hands are dry, that means the humidity is not high enough for your houseplants. Continue reading to learn more about maintaining houseplants through the winter.

Humidity Gauge

The most difficult challenge in growing plants indoors during the winter is keeping the humidity high enough. With the heat always on, the air inside your house will become dry. But how dry is the air? It is hard to gauge on your own. To help with this, we recommend picking up a humidity gauge. Most gauges will also tell you the temperature. Since most houseplants require 50-60% humidity, you will be able to discern whether or not the air is too dry for the plants.


Once you have determined that the air inside your home is too dry, setting up a humidifier may be the next step. A humidifier will mimic a more natural environment for your plants. You may become a bit overwhelmed when shopping for a humidifier, as there are so many options. Some come with humidity settings, while others simply have a turn-on knob. A simple one will do if you already have a humidity gauge.

Tray with Pebbles

If purchasing a humidifier isn’t possible, you may consider placing your plant on top of a saucer or tray with pebbles and water in it. This will increase the humidity directly around the plant.

Not Enough Light

Winter days can be cold and dark. Less light can cause your plants to go downhill quickly. Installing a grow light or grow bulbs may be necessary for your plants to survive the winter.


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