Fall Houseplant Care
I saw a leaf come off a tree while out to breakfast with my husband so it’s full-on fall now in Pittsburgh, right? While you’re feeling the change, your houseplants will start feeling it too. Houseplants grow differently in the winter than they do during the summer, so fall can be a hard time for them. I remember when I didn’t know anything about plants, I thought for sure people just threw out houseplants in the winter. So let’s give the little fellas some extra TLC by following my fall houseplant care tips so yours won’t suffer through the transition (like mine totally did).
The first thing that’s highly important for you all to understand is that houseplants DO NOT need as much water during the fall/winter as they do during the summer months. Help ease their transition by slowing down on the amount of water you give them. This will hopefully trigger them to begin their rest period and hibernate until spring. Did she just say hibernate, you ask? Yes, I did. Consider hibernate a loose term, maybe dormant would have been a more realistic word but either way, they go down for a little nap during these times so reduce that water intake!
Low humidity during the winter months, especially for me in Pittsburgh, can be a big hurdle to overcome. I know my house becomes so hot and dry that I bought 2 humidifiers last year just to add a bit of water to the air. If you don’t have a humidifier you can do it the all-natural way by clustering your plants together in your bathroom or kitchen, these rooms tend to create more moisture from showers, boiling water...etc. Another way you could try would be to place a bowl or tray of water near your heat registers and/or near your plants. But if you have dogs, they'll think it's there for them and drink all the water as mine do!
Follow that light, baby! Obviously, during the fall/winter months the sun is less apparent and less strong, so move your plants closer to that light source to allow them to soak up as many rays as they can. Even if you have plants that like more south-facing or indirect windows, they could still be moved up. Just be careful you don’t move them to a super-drafty window! Side note: try to rotate your plants every now and again so they grow more evenly.
(P.S. This is basically me in Fall)