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Saturday, January 14, 2017

WINTER HOUSEPLANT CARE

I love my houseplants, and because I don't have a pet at the moment they are like my babies.

I want them to remain healthy, and that is not always easy in the winter.

houseplant care

So I have made a pretty tray that holds things I need and is easy to carry around. Scissors for trimming. A new watering can and mister that were Christmas gifts from my sweet granddaughter Sidney. A hand towel for drying my hands as needed. 

houseplant plant care

One problem for houseplants in the winter is adequate light. There are just too many gray gloomy days, and sometimes I feel like the color is just being leached out of my plants. 

I do have a grow light that I can use if I feel like I am losing one of my precious plants, but I of course always prefer natural light, which is why I move my plants around to see where they do best.

houseplant care

Lack of water is also a problem along with dry air in the winter. My apartment is really dry. I feel like my skin is turning into sandpaper, so I know that my plants need more moisture. I am very diligent about watering my plants (make sure not to over water) and I love the new mister Sidney  gave me. I also have a humidifier to help add moisture to the air.

winter home cottage houseplants cut flowers

I also love cut flowers, so I do add them to my decor. Freesias work great for me because they don't seem to aggravate my allergies, and they are very inexpensive at Trader Joe's. 

freesias cut flowers home decor

I don't know about you, but when I look around at all my beautiful plants winter just seems to recede into the background.


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14 comments:

  1. I had lots of plants last winter. But it seems every time I have them, I somehow end up with gnats, which scare the pupsters half to death. So I gave them all to the apartment manager. Never happened before I moved here for some reason. At night I run an essential oil diffuser in my bedroom because Abi tends to cough at night, and it really helps her.
    Brenda

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    1. I had gnats two years ago, but I got rid of them with a combination of hydrogen peroxide and water. I haven't had a problem since :)

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  2. Houseplants really add so much to a home. I love them. Yours look so healthy!

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    1. Thanks. I think I inherited a little of my grandfather's green thumb.

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  3. I have only a few windows but have a handful of house plants in my living room. They make me feel so much better. Right now I have something that is flowering and it is gorgeous!!

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    1. I have a double window in my living room and a window in my bedroom so it does make it more difficult. Linda. Would love to see a photo of your flowering plant.

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  4. Your plants looks lovely. I spent part of yesterday moving some houseplants around so they get a little different light here than they do in the summer. Yours look healthy and well cared for...and, like you, they bring me a bit of joy during the cold winter months. xo Diana

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    1. I definitely move mine around too, until I find where they seem to be happiest. they make me happy so I want them to be happy too.

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  5. Laura you plants looks so healthy and pretty. I have never been a inside plant person but do a lot of plants in my gardens in the summer. Having that life growing inside while everything outside is dormant is beautiful. Enjoy.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. I have more inside plants now than I used to because I don't have an outside garden. I am hoping that this summer I can get one of the garden spaces here.

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  6. I either water too much or not enough!! Happy New Year, dear Laura. Hope it is your best year yet!!

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    1. Happy New Year, Katie. Houseplants do better with less water. It can be hard though to find just the right amount. I am always experimenting.

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  7. Your home looks so homey with your plants! Wish I had a greener thumb! I love plants but I have a hard time keeping them alive. Happy New Year! Hop on over to my blog to enter my Give-Away!

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    1. Hi Sandy. Nice to hear from you. My plants have become my pets. LOL

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