Home Heating Can Be Fatal for Indoor Plants: How to Prevent It

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.30 - 2023 10:45 AM CET

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Home Heating Can Be Fatal for Indoor Plants.

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Indoor plants, even those requiring minimal care, can struggle during colder months due to issues like root rot from overwatering, lack of sunlight, fluctuating temperatures, and dry air from radiators.

According to DenOffentlige, Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress.co.uk warns that while heating our homes keeps us warm and cozy, it can harm our valuable houseplants. The dry, heated air can dehydrate plants, leaving them stressed and vulnerable. However, this doesn't mean you should avoid using heating; it's crucial to be more attentive to your plants and create a comfortable environment for them to thrive in winter.

Bonnett suggests finding spots in your home where the plant is placed away from heat sources but still maintains a safe distance from windows to protect them from cool drafts.

Using a humidifier can help, or you can bring plants into the bathroom during a hot bath or shower.

Here are Chris' tips for giving your plants the best chance in winter:

  1. Group Plants Together: By placing your plants together, you create a microenvironment with higher humidity. The plants experience increased moisture through transpiration.

  2. Humidity: A humidifier will increase indoor humidity and combat dry air from radiators. Alternatively, place water trays near plants and take them into the bathroom while showering. Gently misting plants regularly can also increase humidity around them, but don't overdo it as excessive moisture can cause fungal problems.

  3. Adjust Watering: Regularly check soil moisture and water when the top inch is dry. Indoor heating can dry out plants and soil faster than usual.

  4. Protect from Drafts: Keep plants away from cold drafts from windows or doors, as this will harm your plants' health.

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