As the ground freezes and more snowfall approaches you may think that this is the end of gardening for the year. However, that does not have to be the case because indoor plants can be incredibly rewarding!  They can also help ward off seasonal depression with a bright burst of color reminiscent of summer right inside your home.

There are a few critical elements to think about when planning for a growing spot for your plants.  The first and most important is light. How much light that your plant needs depends on your plant’s care requirements. For example, succulents require a high amount of light while pothos can get by with low light. Keep in mind that as our days grow shorter and the seasons change, the light will come in at different angles through your windows.

Another critical element is warmth. It’s getting colder outside and a drafty window can quickly damage delicate leaves and stems. It’s also important not to go the opposite route of placing your plants directly in front of a hot air vent. The more delicate growing varieties will be damaged by the hot air just as fast as placing them next to a cold window.

Another element is space for roots. With more time to spare for indoor plants, it may be time to think about repotting many of them in a slightly larger pot. It’s always a good idea to repot with a light fluffy potting mix (not soil based). New growth will enable the plant to quickly adapt as it continues to grow in a new pot.

The last element is water. When it’s colder indoors the potting mix will stay damper longer. That means that plants will need less watering less frequently. A good rule of thumb is to stick a finger into the mix. If it is dry and crumbly it’s time to water.

There is an incredible variety of indoor plants. Varieties range from easy to grow golden pothos, Christmas cactus and peace lilies to the harder to grow delicate orchids. There’s an indoor plant for everyone.

It is extremely rewarding to watch new growth happening right in front of your eyes or to see a difficult species thrive under your care.

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