As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, your indoor plants and flowers may require a different kind of care to thrive during the fall months. Bringing your green companions from the outdoor summer sun into the cozy indoors can be a challenge, but with the right care and attention, you can keep them healthy and vibrant all season long.
Here are some of our favorite tips for caring for indoor plants and flowers in the fall.
Adjust Light Exposure
As the sun's angle changes in the fall, the amount and intensity of natural light indoors can change, too. Pay close attention to what kind of light your plant needs and adjust their placement accordingly. Some plants may need to be moved closer to windows to receive more direct sunlight, while others might thrive in lower-light conditions.
Consider rotating your plants every few weeks to ensure all sides receive enough light. If natural light is limited, you can use artificial grow lights to keep them happy.
Watch the Temperature
Indoor temperature changes can affect your plants' health, especially as the weather outside cools down. Most indoor plants prefer a consistent temperature between 60°F to 75°F. Keep your plants away from drafty areas or heaters, since those dramatic temperature changes could stress them out.
Change Your Watering Routine
As fall arrives, your plants may not need as much water as they did in the summer. Before you break out the watering can, stick your finger about an inch deep into the soil; if it feels dry, it's time to water. Be sure to use a saucer to catch excess water and prevent root rot (we have some adorable ones in the shop!).
Check Your Humidity
Indoor heating systems can dry out the air, which isn’t ideal for many indoor plants. To keep your indoor humidity at the right level, you can:
Use a humidity tray or humidifier to increase moisture in the air.
Group plants together, creating a microclimate with higher humidity.
Mist the plants' leaves occasionally with water, especially if you notice them becoming dry or brown at the tips.
Remember that different plants have varying humidity requirements, so it will be helpful to research your specific plants' needs - or ask us!
Watch for Pests and Diseases
With the change in seasons, indoor plants may become more susceptible to pests and diseases. Keep a close eye on your plants for any signs of trouble, such as yellowing leaves, brown spots, or unusual growth. Separate affected plants from others to prevent the issue from spreading, and treat them quickly using things such as neem oil or insecticidal soap for pests and pruning for diseases.
Caring for indoor plants and flowers during the fall months can be a rewarding experience that keeps your home vibrant and green year-round. With a little extra care, you can ensure your indoor garden thrives even as the weather outside changes. We hope your plants will continue to bring life and beauty to your home throughout the fall season!