The Seasonal Shift: Caring for Your Houseplants in Autumn
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, with the leaves turning golden and the weather cooling down. But it’s also a time of transition for your houseplants. As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, your plants need different care than they did during the summer months.
Here are some tips to help you care for your houseplants during autumn:
Adjust your watering schedule: As the weather cools, your plants will need less water than they did during summer. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Check the soil regularly to ensure that is not too dry or too wet. Water your plants only when the top few centre meters of soil is dry.
Changing light and temperature: Plants are sensitive to sudden shifts in temperature, so it's important to move them away from drafty windows and doors. Additionally, consider relocating some plants to areas with more sunlight or brighter surroundings. It's crucial to keep an eye on heaters and fireplaces as they can have adverse effects on some plants, causing their leaves to dry out and edges to turn brown. To counteract this, increase humidity levels by misting your plants every few days.
Give your plants some love: The beginning of a new season presents an excellent opportunity to evaluate the well-being of your plant collection. Show your plants some extra care and attention by trimming and pruning as needed, and removing any dry, yellowing, or brown leaves. Take care to wipe down the leaves carefully, dampening a cloth to clean both sides, and keep an eye out for any signs of pests, treating them promptly if detected.
Reduce fertiliser: During autumn, your plants will naturally slow down their growth. Therefore, it’s important to reduce the amount of fertiliser you use.
In summary, caring for your houseplants during autumn requires a few adjustments to your care routine. By following these tips, you can help your plants stay healthy and thrive during the cooler months.