Nursing Your Plants Back to Health

Nursing Your Plants Back to Health

You may notice that your plants begin to look a bit peaked after you bring them in for the winter. This could be because my many factors: lower light, humidity or temperatures, improper water or fertilization, and disease. You may notice the yellowing of leaves, loss of leaves, tipping, and spindly growth. These are all signs that your plant needs e little extra TLC. Since plant doctors are hard to come by, you might want to buff up on some home remedies that could help save your precious babies.

If the problem is not enough light, make sure to clean your windows and ensure that your plants get as much sunlight as possible from inside your house. South-facing windows tend to have the highest light intensity, and are optimal places to keep your plants. Also, when you move your plants indoors, they most likely need less water and fertilizer than they would outdoors, so adjust the levels you give them accordingly.

Your plant may also be less able to protect themselves or combat diseases when you bring them indoors, so it is important to notice any signs of disease right away. If you see black, brown, or yellow spots on them, this could indicate a bacterial or fungal infection. Pick off and destroy the infected leaves and make sure to put plenty of space between your plants so the disease doesn’t spread. You should also move them to a less humid area and refrain from wetting the leaves.

Are your plants looking a bit ill since you’ve brought them inside? Have you checked for signs of disease?

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