Houseplants are one of the best ways to help beat the winter blues. Since houseplants are a year round thing, they can easily be over looked. This means in the winter when we have a little more time on our hands and a little less soil on them, they are calling our names! Here are a few ideas of how to utilize the winter and help cure the blues.
Up-pot or Re-pot. This is a great time to think about a pot change. Maybe your houseplants have out grown their current pot or maybe it is just time for a color change. Be sure to know the important details about when to up-pot or re-pot your houseplant (i.e. never ideal to repot a blooming Christmas cactus).
Change soil. Although this is something that will not need to be done often, changing the soil will be needed. This is going to be recommended at any point in which bugs such as fungus gnats become an issue. Fungus gnats are small dark bugs that live on moist soil. Changing out the soil may also be done if moss or mold is growing on the soil. This always wants to be done as carefully as possible to minimize damage to the roots.
Enjoy them. The best way to beat the winter blues with our houseplants is by simply enjoying them! Take the wintertime and spend time appreciating the ones you have, perhaps getting a few new ones. Take a walk around the local garden shop or florist to see what houseplants they have. Remember that “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” Hal Borland.
Submitted by: Tanya S., MG since 2017