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In Winter, Move Houseplants Closer to a Window

Light is low in the winter, so move your plants closer to the window. Source: Alina Vilchenko,

In fall and winter, houseplants are no longer getting the bright light they’re used to. Days are shorter and, in most climates, grayer. To keep them in top shape, it’s best to move them closer to the window or to a brighter room.

In temperate climates, you don’t have to worry that the leaves will burn due to excess light, even if you place them directly in front of a south-facing window. That may occur in the heat of summer, but not during the dull days of late fall and winter.

Even so, don’t let the leaves touch the window in climates where temperatures outdoors dip below freezing, because they could be damaged.

A very different possibility is to offer your plants supplementary light such as an LED or fluorescent lamp during the fall and winter.

More light in winter, healthier plants? It just makes good sense!

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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