5 TIPS TO GET YOUR PLANTS READY FOR AUTUMN
It feels like Summer has come to an end with temperatures dropping and the darker evenings now starting to make an appearance.
It feels like a great time to get your houseplants ready for Autumn.
Why? The shift in seasons impacts on your plants the same way it dies us. We feel a bit sleepier and we want to cozy-up.
Here's my top tips on how to get your plants settled into Autumn and the colder, shorter days.
1 - Reduce watering
In this interim time where it’s getting cooler, but it’s not yet time to put on the central heating, your potting mix will take longer to dry out between waterings.
Make sure you always check how damp the soil is before grabbing your watering can.
2 - Cut back on the fertilizer
If you have been feeding your houseplants throughout the summer, now is the time to wind things down. General rule of thumb is your indoor plants won't need any feed between October and April.
During the colder months, houseplant growth will slow down, your plants will have a rest and if it is cold enough, they might go dormant.
3 - Give them an Autumn clean
As light levels decrease it is a good idea to keep the leaves on your plants clean and dust free. This will help your houseplants to photosynthesise to the best of their ability. Pay extra attention to leaves that have a big surface area such as monstera and calathea.
4 - And an Autumn tidy up.
This is the last chance to give your plants a re-pot, if they need it, just before the end of the growing season. It's generally a good idea to do any re-potting at the start of the Spring. But it won't do harm for one last pot-transplant if your plants really need it.
While you've giving them a little check over, it can be a good idea for a quick trim and tidy. Remove any dried up leaves, prune back any long unruly stems and just give things a general tidy up.
5 - Move them
As the intensity of light fluctuates it is important to listen to your plants! Think about whether the plants that currently have prime-windowsill placement will go dormant. If yes, you could switch these out for those that will need more light to keep actively growing.
But make sure you are careful of any draughts or chills from windows.
Think about the central heating going on too. If any plants are too close to a heat source they may not be happy over winter.