**this post is brought to you with the support of our partners at Seasol
Bringing plants into your home is one of the greatest joys of life. Once you start it is quite addictive, trust me! Nature is good for you, and filling your home and your life with plants, not only looks fabulous, it feels good. Plants have actually been shown to be good for your health. Having indoor plants around the home improves your happiness, indoor air quality and contributes to a sense of relxation and calm. Studies have shown that just one plant in a medium sized room (4m x 5m) will produce 25% cleaner air, and improve your mental wellbeing somewhat. Having 5 plants in that same room, will produce 75% cleaner air and increase your wellbeing by a whopping 60%! As a plant addict I can attest to that. Having a range of sizes and species of plants in your home is the key to success. But how do you keep your potted plants healthy during winter and into spring?
We have put together some tips below to help you keep your potted plants healthy and happy in the cooler months and into spring.
Seasol Powerfeed Giveaway!
Thanks to our friends at Seasol we have a fantastic giveaway! We are giving away five packs of products for your plants, valued at $50 per pack.
• PowerFeed 1.25 litre
• PowerFeed for Tomatoes & Vegetables 600mL
• Seasol Planting Gel 800gram
• 45mL sample of Seasol Super Soil Wetter and Conditioner
• Seasol Gardening Gloves
• Seasol Soap and Pen
• Seasol Brochure
• Seasol Bucket
How to enter
• Just tell us below in the comments on this blog post in 150 words or less – “what is your favourite potted plant and why?” (We will notify winners by responding to their comments so make sure you tick to get notified of follow up comments)
• We will select the top 5 answers by 5 pm ACST on the 25th September 2018 and will announce this on our social media channels
• Open to Australian residents aged over 18 years
• Judges decision is final – this is a game of skill, so get creative with your answers!
Tips on Potted Plant Care in Winter and Spring
You might think you have a black thumb, but caring for your indoor plants can be simple if you follow a few tips.
Go Easy on the Water!
Over watering is the biggest killer of indoor plants, especially during winter. It is easy to think that potted plants need constant watering. It is true that some need more water than others but in general plants in pots do not like wet feet. It can also increase the risk of pests, especially if they stay very wet for a period of time. Indoor plant pests and diseases are easier to treat if you catch them early, so make it a routine to check for any issues. If you notice the leaves are wilting or drooping, this can mean too much or too little water. This is confusing because it could be either! The main thing is to remember that if your indoor plants seem unhappy, don’t always assume that they need more water. Poke your finger into the soil first to see if it’s dry down to your second knuckle, before getting out the watering can. Remember soil around the top section of the pot can dry out very quickly but the soil around the plant’s root system can still be very wet.
Keep an Eye on the Foliage
Plants breathe through their leaves so not only do they look their best with clean, shiny leaves, but dusty leaves make it harder for your plants to be happy. During winter there can be an accumulation of dust as we tend to spend more time indoors. Give them a regular wipe down with a damp cloth to stop dust build-up. You can use a spray bottle to mist them gently and to give them a deeper clean, pop them in the shower every month or so, to remove any build up and make them look shiny and healthy. You can also put them outside in the rain for a wash or sprinkle them with the hose and let them have a day in the sunshine every few weeks or so. As we move into the warmer months of spring they will really appreciate this little holiday and reward you with spring growth.
Get the Light and Temperature Right
Some potted plants grow well in low light indoors, but others need more sunshine to be at their best. Learn about your plants before you bring them home, so that you can position them around your home according to their required light levels. It is very important during winter that you keep them away from heaters and blasts of warm air. I keep most of my indoor plants in rooms where there is the most light and we tend not to artificially heat or cool the room.
Keep an Eye on their Feet
It is important to remember that no plant is actually an “indoor” plant! They are made to be outside. Most of them just come from warmer places in the world and grow naturally in low light, so they are perfect candidates for indoor life. They also outgrow their homes at varying rates, depending on the plant. Re-potting can give your sad looking potted plants a new lease on life, particularly if their toes are sticking out of their pot! Heading into spring is a good time to re-pot many plants. Some plants like to be a little root-bound though, so check with your garden centre if you are unsure. Make sure you water newly potted plants in with a solution of Seasol (30 mL in 9 litres of water) to promote strong healthy roots and settle the plant into its new home. It has been my favourite gardening friend for many years.
- Indoor plants grow much more slowly during winter, so you can reduce the amount that you feed and water them. Give them a half a teaspoon each of Seasol and PowerFeed per litre of water once a month through the cooler months.
- I take my potted plants outside each week in warmer months and each fortnight during winter, for a real treat. Once a month in winter I water them with a solution of 50mL of PowerFeed and 30mL of Seasol in 9 litres of water. Allow them to drain thoroughly before bringing them back inside.
- To make this easier you can use a bottle of Seasol Foliar Spray or Seasol Pots and Plants, which is in a 750 mL ready to use trigger pack, tailor made for indoor plants.
- In spring your plants are getting ready to burst with new life, flowers and leaves, and therefore need more food. Mix 50 mL of PowerFeed and 30 mL of Seasol in 9 litres of water and apply the solution to your house plants every two to four weeks – check the care for individual plants. Some have a higher need for feeding, especially those producing flowers, fruit and vegetables.
- Flowering indoor plants will perform best with a weekly dose of PowerFeed applied as a foliar spray (20mL per 9 litres of water) throughout the growing season.
- For ferns, palms and delicate plants reduce the application rate to 20mL of Seasol and 10mL of PowerFeed per 9 litres of water every two to four weeks.
- This is a great time to re-pot plants, especially if they are looking a little tight.
- It is also a good time to tidy up and prune any dead leaves from your potted plants to get them looking their best.
- Dust and wash their leaves and check if they need shifting to another spot with the warmer weather on the way.
I have been a long time user of Seasol because it:
- Enhances root growth and therefore is ideal for when you are planting new plants or re-potting
- Stimulates flowering & fruiting for plants in your garden who are working harder to produce these for you
- Helps sick and stressed plants
- Helps to increase nutrient uptake, so when fertilisers are applied they are much more effective
- Helps plants to deal with heat (heater) and cold so is fantastic during winter
- Helps plants to cope with insect and fungal attack
- Promotes vigorous growth
- Improves soil health – this includes potting mix
- Promotes flowers and fruits
Both are fast acting liquids which go to work immediately and can be applied to the soil or foliage. For more tips on seasonal plant care, head to the Seasol website here
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