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In Winter, Don’t Let Your Houseplants Touch the Window

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By all means, place your houseplants near a sunny window in the winter: just don’t let them touch the glass.

When days become shorter in the fall and winter and the weather turns grayer and grayer, it makes sense to move your indoor plants as close as possible to your home’s windows so that they can get the best light possible. However, they shouldn’t be so close they actually touch the glass. Even with insulated glass, enough cold seeps through on a truly cold winter night to damage or even kill any leaves or other plant parts that actually touch the window.

You don’t have to move them far back, though. Air is a fairly poor transmitter of cold, so just a 1-inch (2,5 cm) space between the glass and the plants will keep them from harm.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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