Winter Houseplant Care

Winter Houseplant Care

Q: I recently inherited some houseplants and need some advice on successfully keeping them during the winter. 

A: Here are six tips for healthy houseplants:

  • Know your plants and their cultural needs.
  • Remember that many houseplants need less water during the winter months.
  • Put the plants in a location that suits their winter light needs.
  • Keep plants away from drafts and heating vents.
  • Know that some plants need added humidity during the winter.
  • Most plants, except orchids not in bloom, need little to no fertilization when they are not in active growth.

Please contact Plant Information Service at (847) 835-0972 or plantinfo@chicagobotanic.org for additional information.