Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Tropical Plants Alive During Winter

Hibiscus brought indoors during winter. *Flowering not guaranteed.

As Summer begins to wind down, our Plant Lovers from colder climates frequently ask us, “How best can my plants survive the Winter?

Luckily, it IS possible to keep some of your less cold-hardy plants thriving year-round. By having a smart overwintering plan, you can bring your plants through the coldest months. Okay….we hear you asking, “What exactly is Overwintering?” It simply means bringing your cold-sensitive plants inside, or into a sheltered spot.

For example, even a tropical plant like a hibiscus can make it through the Winter. If you live in an area where the temperatures dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, bring the hibiscus indoors. Fortunately, hibiscus are not too picky about location as long as they’re receiving adequate light and water.

Tip: Place outdoor plants on a sunny window sill for maximum light exposure.

Moving a plant indoors is not without some challenges. A plant could experience shock, caused by changes in light and humidity levels. You may even see some wilting or loss of leaves. But trust us, the plants can recover.

Misting leaves, allows your plant to retain the humidity it needs to thrive in a dry environment.

Here’s how to prepare your plant for the move. If possible, start by reducing the amount of sunlight the plant receives. Place it in a more shaded area outdoors. When you move it indoors, find a sunny spot by a window. If such a spot is not available, consider purchasing an artificial grow light. Humidity is another factor to consider. As you might suspect, the level of humidity indoors is far less than outdoors. Here are some ideas to compensate:

1) Situate the plant in your home’s most naturally humid rooms, like your kitchen, bath or laundry.

2) Group plants together, as this naturally increases the area’s humidity.

3) Misting the leaves of more tropical plants will help but be cautious to do so moderately and not overmist!

4) If all else fails, consider trying a room humidifier.

Keep in mind that overwintering plants indoors may impact their growth and bloom. Rest assured, this is completely normal. They’ll bounce back to their beautiful selves when Spring comes and they’re back outdoors.

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