Preparing indoor plants for the fall season
When summer ends, then changes begin for everyone, even for plants with the transition to autumn, like multi-colored falling leaves.
When growing indoor plants, conditions change when passing to another season, and, you need to take appropriate care of each plant, its attitude By autumn, they are sensitive.
When the days become cool, this is the beginning of the dormancy stage for plants, as for bears it is the transition to hibernation.
After all, cold is a reduction in many things , gardening and others, to some extent, the beginning of restrictions.
It is important to understand why and how we should change our routine and other things, even caring for plants in the fall.
So we came to the question, why do the plants need different care in autumn?
Constantly with the movement of the earth and changes every season, that causes changes in the environment, and also affects the internal environment.
All plants are especially sensitive to shifts and fluctuations in temperature, humidity, heat and sun eternal light.
In the fall, all these weather factors begin to change and decrease.
Temperatures get colder, humidity drops and the amount of daytime sunlight decreases.
As the plants (especially tropical houseplants) are dependent on these factors to survive and thrive, and reducing their
numbers has a direct impact on livelihoods. Plants enter the survival mode and suspend their development and conserve energy as resources are depleted.
Almost like in hibernation, development slows down for most plants, while some plants go into a dormant period.
But keep in mind that they still need care and that specific needs will not be common and will be different during the growing season.
To prepare for the cooler and colder months.
If you have any indoor plants outside, be sure to move them indoors.
Because your plant needs to adapt to temperature changes, but adaptation is slow, the faster you move it from the street - the better it will be for the plant. After all, the environment is very important to the plant and it does not tolerate sudden changes.
Can indoor plants be transplanted in the fall?
Ordinary indoor plants cannot withstand temperatures below 14 C, so transplant them already in September.
When transferring plants indoors, be careful inspect their appearance, for leaves and topsoil and if there may be pests.
It is important to urgently treat any pests so that they do not spread to other plants, as this happens very quickly, it is better to get ready right away and buy fertilizer from pests.
Also keep in mind that your plant may experience stress when replanting (for example, leaf fall) - this is normal.
A big problem in cold weather is over-watering.
And a lot of water can saturate the soil and roots, which affects the root rot.
As autumn approaches, you gradually reduce the frequency of watering.
It should be borne in mind that the need for water will continue to decrease until closer for the winter season.
For example, the amount of water you irrigate in the summer - only half is needed in winter.
You should not completely stop watering or even when If the temperature drops, it is better to reduce gradually so as not to harm the plant.
The winter and autumn seasons shorten our day and it gets darker, and the angle of the sun itself shifts in the sky. This creates different conditions for indoor plants. You may need to move your plants to a different location, such as near a sunnier window (the brightest tends to face south). You need to experiment with the place for the plant, but it should be borne in mind that the plant does not tolerate direct sunlight, but they will move all year round.
Due to the lower temperatures, the humidity in the room drops, because the heating system heats up the room, for this reason the air dries out. This decrease in humidity can affect indoor plants that have a habit of their natural tropical humid environment.
If you see the plant dry out (brown and crunchy signs appear on the leaves), then that means you need to add extra moisture.
Use a humidifier around the plants, or even better group the plants together so that moisture spreads more and they create moist air for themselves.
If this is not enough, then you can lightly spray the plants with water several times a week.
Another option is to use a special tray under the plant filled with water and small stones. But in any case, so that the water does not touch the soil and roots (there will be rotting).
If you are leaving for the weekend, do not try to turn off the heat. The accustomed temperature will only benefit your plants.
The main thing is that the plant is not out of the direct hit of the heater and without getting into drafts.
What is there additional concern?
Feeding indoor plants in the fall (preferably early), transplanting and reproduction.
By winter they store energy and require less nutrients.