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Winter Houseplant Care

Did you receive a plant as a holiday gift or buy one for yourself? Be sure you know how to adjust indoor plant care during the winter, and your houseplants will keep bringing you joy well into the year.

Poinsettias will last a long time indoors with good, bright light. Cyclamen, also a popular flowering plant for gifting during the holidays, do well in cooler temperatures. Keep it in a bright, cool window and enjoy its winter blooms.

For most tropical houseplants, following the following guidelines:

  • Keep them warm. Put them in a room with a steady temperature of 60 - 75 degrees.

  • Avoid temperature swings. Don't keep them near cold, drafty windows or heat sources like fireplaces or radiators.

  • Make sure they get plenty of sunlight. Their usual spot may not get as much light in the winter, so you may need to move them to a sunnier windowsill.

  • Water less and ease up on the fertilizer. Like us, plants slow down in the winter. They won't need as much water, and they may not need any fertilizer at all.

If you want to be a hands-on "pet parent," wipe down their leaves with a damp cloth. Since homes can be dry in winter, your tropical plants may also benefit from a little mist of water or a humidifier.


Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (2020, Dec. 25). Tip of the Week: Houseplant care.

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