Summer comes with lots of healthy exposure to nature and all of its greenery. Luckily, when the weather starts to cool off, you don’t have to wait until the next year to enjoy your blooms again. Keeping house plants in the winter is a great way to maintain a piece of the outdoors in your life, even when it’s too cold to venture outside.
House plants certainly spruce up the decor of an indoor space, but there are also plenty of other benefits. In fact, they can boost your physical and mental health when you’re buckling down for winter.
Winter months produce dry air indoors due to forced, heated air, and this can lead to uncomfortable dryness in skin, noses, and throats. Indoor plants can increase the humidity levels in your home through their transpiration processes as they expel excess moisture that eventually evaporates into the air.
Through the process of photosynthesis, house plants can purify the air as they absorb carbon dioxide, allergens, and other airborne toxins, and expel oxygen. All in all, you may find yourself feeling much healthier during the winter months thanks to these plants.
Many people across the nation find themselves plagued with the winter blues. As the weather cools and daylight becomes a rarity, our moods take a dip. Luckily, house plants can give your mood a boost. Plants are soothing and can relieve stress and increase productivity, making them a welcome addition to the home as well as the office.
To ensure your plants last all through the chilly season, pick varieties that are resilient and can withstand dry, cool environments with low levels of light. We recommend the following varieties.
Since it tends to bloom over the holidays, this plant is named for the season of joy. While flowers are in bloom, be sure to mist the plant regularly, position it in a bright location, and keep the indoor temperature at or around 65 degrees F. Be aware that the flowers are a bit temperamental, so they may drop off if indoor temperatures fluctuate or watering is irregular.
The striking spiked leaves of the Warneck Dracaena add to your decor and assist with air purification during the winter. This plant prefers low to medium indirect sunlight and only needs water when the top half of the soil is dry. When watering, do so thoroughly with distilled water, as this plant is sensitive to chemicals like chlorine and fluoride.
The scent of lavender is soothing and relaxing, but it’s also a great natural aid for those who suffer from sleep problems like insomnia. To keep your lavender plant healthy indoors during winter, avoid overwatering and only hydrate the soil when the top inch or so is completely dry. Make sure the plant gets as much light as possible and keep the indoor temperature at or below 65 degrees F.
The Encore variety of azaleas tend to bloom for longer periods than other azalea varieties, so you can enjoy those flowers throughout the winter months. They enjoy bright, direct sunlight as well as a humid, moist environment, so be sure you have a humidifier in the room or set the plant on a tray of wet pebbles to increase the humidity around it.
The Kalanchoe plant likes bright but indirect sunlight — direct beams can scorch its leaves. Additionally, it only needs water once every few weeks since it likes to dry out completely between watering. To help the drying process, ensure the pot has adequate drainage.
The Peace Lily is not only gorgeous, but it also has the added benefit of its air-purifying abilities. Keep these beneficial beauties in bright, but indirect, sunlight and keep the soil consistently moist with distilled water (they’re sensitive to fluoride). The Peace Lily likes warmer, humid conditions, so keep indoor temperatures above 70 degrees F and mist its leaves occasionally.
Incredibly tough and resilient, the spider plant can withstand even the most neglectful plant parents. It likes to dry out completely between sessions of watering, but when you do water it, be sure you soak it thoroughly. This plant can survive in both low and high light conditions, but keep it out of direct sunlight.
Caring for indoor plants during the winter can lift your mood, purify your air, and increase the humidity levels in your home during the notoriously dry winter months. With any of these seven options, you can reap the benefits of a green garden all season long.
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