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

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.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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