How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather

Caring for plants year round is important to ensure they live a long and prosperous life! During the cold months, winter plant care can be bit more difficult which is why I’ve provided some helpful winter plant care tips to get your green friends through the cold season!


Caring for Large Plants During Winter Months

Large house plants do well if you rinse them by gently wiping their leaves of grime and dust. Doing this twice a year helps the plant to grow and breathe. While rinsing, be on guard for scale, mealybugs and spider mites. Mealybugs look like little specs of cotton. If the mealybugs still remain after rinsing, spray with an insecticidal soap.

In cold climates, keep plants away from or against the windows and away from heat sources. Poinsettias like moist soil, but don’t over water and drown them; follow the care tag, if supplied.


Winter Care for Poinsettias

Poinsettias are for sale almost everywhere you shop during the holiday season. Before purchasing them, make sure you inspect them for white flies or eggs as they can go airborne and infest other plants in your home. Now that the cold months of winter are here and daylight is shortened, most house plants are semi-dormant, so it’s important to cut down on the watering. It’s also best not to fertilize until early spring. Southern states may be a little different depending on how hot the temperatures are during the winter months.

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Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations

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With over 60 years of floral industry experience, Jerry Rosalia was born with a green thumb. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry is a third generation florist, and has been with for 31 years. With a smile on his face, Jerry lends his floral expertise to florists around the country through Bloomnet, 1800Flowers' floral wire network, in addition to writing for Petal Talk. In his spare time Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, being an Usher at his church, as well as eating out, bowling, gardening, and watching sports.

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