Gardening doesn’t mean that you have to limit your green thumb to the spring, summer, and fall months of the year. When it comes to growing things you can just as easily garden in the winter as you can at any other time of the year. Winter gardening means that you can enjoy green plants on your window sill even while there is snow on the ground. True, most plants go into a period of sleep during the colder winter months. Blossoms fall off and leaves turn brown. But there are several things that you can do so that you enjoy green foliage and blossoms throughout the winter months. All it takes is a few tips and a bit of patience.
It’s important to remember not to over-water your plants. When plants are in a dormant (a resting period) they need less water, even if they appear brown and dry. Over- watering indoor winter plants result in dropping leaves. When you winter garden, you have to adapt the way you water your plants.
Try to add some moisture to the air in your home if you can when you are gardening in the winter. You can increase the moisture by either buying a humidifier, which will benefit you as well, or by simply boiling a pot of water on the stove and letting it simmer for a while. The moisture in the air will ensure that your winter plants don’t get too dry.
Some winter plants simply do not last for a long period of time – plants such as Gloxinia, Chrysanthemum, and Cyclamem. If you want plants that will last through the winter focus on other varieties of plants other than these three. When you purchase an indoor plant find out as much information about the plant as you can. Find out the requirements for light and water of the particular plant so that you don’t over water the soil or keep it too dry. When you check into the proper conditions for your indoor house plants you greatly increase your chances of enjoying bright flowers lining your window sills during the long, drab winter months.
You may find that there is more of a bug problem during winter gardening than during the other months of the year. If you find bugs on your indoor plants make sure you find out what measures you need to take for each particular plant before applying just any kind of chemical. Try to encourage as much light in your home as possible when you are winter gardening. For plants that require a lot of sunlight make sure to find a window that gets the most winter sun during the shorter days.
If you find that you are having little luck when it comes to winter gardening and producing the blooms that you want you can always resort to a terrarium. A terrarium will be easy to keep with cacti and other plants such as herbs, ferns, orchids, and other plants with green foliage.