Sunday, 25 November 2018

Looking After Your House Plants In Winter

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Remember my post about spreading myself rather thinly? I've decided to stop doing that quite so much so for now, Call Me A Plant Lady is on hold, and Call Me Amy is welcoming back my house plant posts.

Winter was always where I struggled with my house plants; they'd end up wilting, sometimes even dying and I'd get frustrated at the lack of growth in the ones that did survive. 

Well, newsflash, house plants don't really grow all that much (if at all) in winter so it's more about keeping them afloat than helping them grow. This means a change in your house plant care routine so I thought I'd share both how I prepare for winter and how I get through it with my house plants alive (famous last words).

O N E  L A S T  R E P O T  |  It's very unlikely that I'll be doing any repotting over winter, as my plants simply won't need it so I always like to gather them all together to check that they're all in the correct sized pots for the months ahead. You should generally be able to tell by looking whether your plant is in the right sized pot or not, but a quick and easy way to tell is to see if there are any roots poking through the bottom of the current one. If there are, it needs a bigger pot.

R E L O C A T I O N  |  During winter, house plants don't get as much humidity or light as they're used to so they'll fare better if they're kept somewhere that gets the sun when it does come out. I also tend to move more plants into my bathroom where they'll benefit from the humidity in there. Obviously both of these points depend on how much light and humidity a plant likes in the first place. Do your research kids and, as with most things house plant related, it could take a little trial and error to find the right place for each plant.

L E S S  W A T E R  |  Technically plants should actually be easier to look after in winter because they need less attention. As a general rule I water my house plants once a week in summer and once every two weeks in winter, although I'll always check whether they actually need water or not before doing so. You can do this by simply looking at the soil, or picking up the pot to feel how heavy it is. Less is certainly more when it comes to watering during winter.

Do you have any extra winter house plant care tips?

Amy x


  1. Great tips, they're something that I definitely need to follow as I'm rubbish at looking after plants!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

    1. Glad they might come in handy for you lovely! xx

  2. I tend to just water in the summer but in the winter I'm always checking soil it feels!! I tend to decrease using any plant food too! x

    1. Oooh yes I don't really give any food in winter! xx

  3. Thanks so much for these tips! I didn't think about moving plants around. I will try this technique on mine :)

    Have a great week.

    Gemma x

    1. Hope it works for you Gemma! You too lovely :) xx

  4. These are really good tips. I currently only have two cacti so luckily they are pretty low maintenance. We do have basil and parsley in the kitchen but they are already looking quite sad to be honest. I'm blaming it on Sainsbury's (although it's probably me lol). xx

    1. haha I actually find herbs quite tricky too! xx


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