Flower Care winter: humidity
needed houseplants and normal humidity: the room should be aired regularly, but so that the cold air did not fall on the leaves and flowers.
In winter, the level of humidity in our homes is 2-3 times lower than normal, so the plant is very hard to live in such conditions, and as our skin is perfectly clear: it was winter, our skin is often dry and scaly.
You can buy a hygrometer to always know the level of humidity in the apartment, but it is best to have a humidifier: It will survive the winter and the plants, and people.
Otherwise, if the air is very dry, it is necessary to use other means requiring more trouble: to establish plants in trays with moistened expanded clay, or spray them every day, in addition to plants with fuzzy leaves - they even cleaned from dust with a soft brush.
suffer the most from lack of moisture ferns, orchids and other plants with delicate flowers and leaves.
Besides electric humidifier, you can use a home fountain he not only humidi
With increased dryness of the air is recommended to put plants close, arranging a kind of natural surroundings: it is easier to maintain, together around him a humid microclimate.
Feed the plants need winter rarely - once a month and a half dose is sufficient.
Flower Care winter: lighting
To add houseplants light can be turned on close to their electric lamps, and for 2-3 hours every day.Light winter day is short, and it begins in November;It is particularly affected by this geraniums, roses, begonias and fuchsias.
Plant leaves should always be cleaned of dust: a blank sheet easier to absorb light.In February day becomes longer, and there is no need for backlighting.
There houseplants that winter necessarily need a period of rest - if they did not provide, they can die.An example of such plants - gloxinia beauty, bright flowers that look like little bells in winter they should be cut off completely, and leave only the tubers in the ground, and move in a cool dark place - without drafts but ventilated.Water the tubers do not need pots to put them in plastic bags and tie, and at the end of February or beginning of March, the tubers are transplanted into fresh soil.Watering them begin to gently and gradually.
Flower Care winter: pests
Plants in winter, "sleepy", but the pests are quite active, especially those who like dry air - for example, the spider mite.You can wash the pests under the usual shower, wide leaves cleaned with soapy water, and use of special insecticides to control pests of indoor plants - they are sold in flower shops.
assists and a home remedy: garlic and onion finely chopped, pour water and insist for several hours, then strain the infusion and sprayed plant them 2-3 times a week.
humidity in the room where there was spider mites, it is necessary to improve.
rot and fungi attack plants in the winter, too - in cases where the apartment is cool and the soil in the pots dry out for a long time: dampness allows the fungi to multiply and to plant roots is very dangerous.Watering plants in this case it is necessary only when the land is very dry;Succulents watered every 3 weeks, and cacti in such conditions can never be watered.
water drained into the sump, it is necessary to pour out immediately, so that the roots have not begun to rot and sick - for this reason the plants in winter are often affected by rot.
plants are transplanted in early spring, but only if they have "outgrown" your pot.If it is too small it has not, you can simply update the topsoil.
watering gradually increased in March: the flowers are not afraid of moisture, watering twice a week, and succulents (especially cacti) - little and often.
indoor plants have a tough winter, but to help them is within our grasp: the correct and careful nursing to help them relax and maintain health, and in the spring and summer they will again grow and bloom, delighting us with their beauty and fragrance.