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Houseplant care in winter – St Bridget Nurseries

We’ve had a variety of questions on taking care of houseplants right now of yr (January).


Firstly it’s essential be sure that your houseplants are in the proper place, receiving the correct amount of sunshine and throughout the appropriate temperature vary. Almost all houseplants include care labels that present this sort of data, however for those who’re nonetheless undecided simply ask considered one of our plant employees once you subsequent go to or purchase a houseplant ebook from our ebook division.  As a basic rule most houseplants don’t like direct daylight (as it could possibly scorch their leaves) however most want some daylight! As a result of we now have much less daylight hours and a ‘weaker’ solar in winter, chances are you’ll have to re-position your houseplants as we transfer into spring and summer time.


The principle reason for “houseplant dying” is overwatering. In the event you’re undecided how a lot to water, it’s higher to err on the dry aspect somewhat than give your crops an excessive amount of water.

With all houseplants, a bit little bit of analysis goes a good distance and the extra you recognize concerning the plant you have got the higher your watering will probably be as by understanding the place the plant grows naturally you may try to recreate these rising situations. Cacti and succulents for instance come from scorching dry climates so that you water them much less. Some crops that come from tropical climates will profit from elevated humidity, so by putting them in a saucer full of chippings and water you’ll enhance the humidity across the plant. As a basic rule of thumb for crops in a free draining soil you need to water when the pot feels mild to raise and when the highest inch of soil feels dry once you stick a finger in.


Throughout the winter you shouldn’t have to feed your houseplants. Feeding is greatest throughout spring and summer time. We promote plenty of specialist feeds in our backyard centre so we’re sure we now have the proper one to your crops however if in case you have quite a lot of crops it’s best to get an ‘all spherical’ feed. We advocate wither Child Bio Plant meals or Houseplant Focus Liquid feed. Each merchandise can be found as a focus you dilute with water or as a drip feeder which you’ll be able to insert into your plant pots.


You probably have owned your plant for someday now, take a couple of seconds to take a look at it’s roots. Give the plastic pot your plant can have are available a mild squeeze to loosen it and gently pull it away from the plant. In case your plant roots are swirling round making a compact root ball that’s binding all of the soil collectively; then it’s essential re pot it.

select a pot that’s one to 2 sizes bigger than the put up you have already got as it’s higher for the plant to regularly enhance the dimensions of its root ball and may result in a stronger, more healthy houseplant. The dimensions of a pot is often marked on the underside and can both be in cm or litres. If unsure measure the diameter on the high  and the pot depth.

You will want a basic houseplant repotting combine to finish the job.

Repotting is greatest accomplished within the spring however you will get your pot and compost now prepared for once you repot in March.

Take away mud

We anticipate you retain a phenomenal mud free home however while most of us give the odd mud to surfaces, houseplants are inclined to get forgotten. But houseplant leaves are surfaces too and so they can get clogged!

You possibly can both put your crops within the bathe and offers them a mild wash or for crops with easy leaves use a fabric and gently wipe from stem to leaf tip. For bushy leaved crops, use a mushy brush (like a paint brush) to brush the mud off. Your plant will look higher and it’ll additionally be capable of absorb extra mild.


When a flower has completed and began to shrivel, take away the stem out of your plant to encourage extra blooms to develop and assist stop illness issues. You may get scissors known as snips only for the job or you need to use any sharp scissors (simply be sure that they’re clear).

Be careful for pests

There are a couple of widespread pests that may assault houseplants occasionally. The principle culprits are purple spider mite, mealybug, aphids, fungus gnats and scale bugs.

There are a number of choices for every sort of pest however for all pests prevention is healthier than remedy so offering you’re taking excellent care of your crops, pests ought to keep away. Nevertheless if it’s essential management pests there are both non-organic options (pesticides) or natural options. We’ve each choices out there to you in our store so please inform us what you an issue with and we are going to discover a resolution. An excellent first step although is to take away as many culprits as doable by way of washing them off or crushing them between your fingers. A light mixture of washing up liquid and water creates wash.

Wish to know extra?

Our backyard centre has a variety of useful books on houseplants and their care and our employees will probably be happy to help you and supply recommendation in particular person, click on right here for our opening hours. 
If you wish to learn extra on-line, we advocate referring to the Royal Horticultural Society.


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