Like some mammals, indoor plants also need to hibernate! Here is how to ensure they rest at peace to wake up again from their slumber as beautiful as ever!
During this rest phase that lasts up to spring, it is important to interrupt nourishment and reduce water intake.
However, don’t forget to also dust the leaves because even though they’ve slowed down, they’re still breathing!
Well deserved rest
In winter, your indoor plants require less light, fertilizer and water, but they’re more vulnerable to the cold and to drafts.
Dust the leaves regularly to avoid the breathing pores getting clogged up. However, don’t use any shine-inducing sprays that would coat them and block their breathing.
Jump-start in spring
With spring comes the time to repot them into a pot with a slightly larger diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) larger at most. For that, soak the pot in water for half an hour. Drip-dry it, flip it over carefully and tap it on the bottom to unstick the soil mix. Try to not break the clump up to protect the roots.
Pour fresh, new soil mix up to mid-height. Sit the roots of the plant on this pile of soil mix. Backfill around the clump, turning the pot round and round. Press down well.
Leave some buffer space at the top to collect water when watering the plant.
The first watering must be abundant to flush out air bubbles that are trapped in the soil mix.
It isn’t necessary to repot every year if your plant is well fertilized.
Pierrick, the french gardener