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Pre-Winter House Plant Care

For many, it's time to switch gears and think about bringing your green thumb indoors from the cold before it turns blue rather than green.

Your indoor attention should turn towards your house plants. For whatever reason you adorn your home with houseplants, you certainly will want to succeed. There are a number of different aspects of cultivation and environment that have to be considered if house plants are to thrive.

The first is light. You should have a source of light and in most cases, it is good old sunlight. However, most house plants will thrive better with a combination of both natural and artificial light. Use of a south-facing window coupled with artificial fluorescent light is the best of both worlds.

The next environmental factor to keep in mind is proper watering. The two main causes of house plant deaths are drought and drowning. Be careful not to over-water or under-water.

Here are a few things to consider about watering. Feel for moisture just under the soil surface. Instead of watering on a weekly schedule, water as needed. When you do water, make sure you saturate the soil in the pot. Look for the water to drain out the bottom of the pot.

Besides light and water, consider fertilizer. Many soil nutrients can be lost or depleted in the potted environment. The best method for watering house plants is with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Grow or Peters. Keep in mind that house plants during the winter require less fertilizer than during the summer months. It's always better to under fertilize than over fertilize.


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