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Winter Care for Indoor Plants

Most gardeners suffer zone envy. We want to grow plants that are not suited to our region’s growing conditions. When we do push the limits, we may be forced to bring some of these less-than-hardy plants indoors for winter.

Grow these plants in a cool bright location. Most thrive in daytime temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees with the night temperatures about 10 degrees cooler.

Supplement natural light with artificial light as needed.  Spots and vertical light bars help light reach all parts of the plant.

Set plants on a saucer filled with pebbles. This elevates the plants above any excess water that collects in the saucer. As it evaporates, it increases the humidity around the plant.

Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly damp, not soggy wet. Mist leaves occasionally to remove dust and reduce the risk of aphids and mites.

A bit more information:  Increase humidity in your home by keeping the temperature cooler. The lower the temperature, the higher the humidity.  Group your plants together. As one plant transpires (loses moisture through its leaves), the others benefit from the increased humidity.

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