The fall means leaves, football, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Outside we see nature change and ready itself for the winter. We enjoy the beauty of the colors in the trees and marvel at the changing of the seasons.
The fall also means there will be shorter days ahead and colder weather which will result in less sunlight and drier air indoors. These changes, although small, can have an impact on indoor plants.
For the most part, the way you care for your houseplants or office plants will remain unchanged in the fall as compared to summer, spring or winter.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind as relates to interior plants as we enter autumn. Good news for you we have a couple of expert tips to help keep your plants healthy in the fall!
1. Always check the soil moisture and water the plants accordingly. The change in sunlight and temperature indoors in the fall can affect some types of plants. Temperatures often change indoors at this time of year when we turn heaters on. By checking the soil, you can identify if your plants need more/less water. As always, you should research your specific plant species for suggested watering levels.
2. It may be also beneficial to use a humidifier in the same room where your plants are located. Higher humidity is very beneficial for interior plants. When plants are in environments with higher humidity they can store water for longer periods of time. Low humidity can cause the tips of plants to turn brown which will require increased leaf trimming.
3. One good tip is to fill a tray (like a cookie sheet, etc.) with pebbles then fill with water. Place this underneath the plants. As water evaporates from the pebbles, it will rise up to the plants, increasing humidity in their immediate surroundings.
4. If it agrees with the layout of your space, group plants close together. Plants release water into the air which increases humidity directly around them to benefit of other plants nearby. The one caveat with grouping plants together is if your plants are experiencing problems with disease or plant pests as this will further exasperate the issues.
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