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Brrr! It's Cold Out There!

November 28, 2012

 

Your houseplants think so, too! Most of the plants we grow indoors originate in temperate or tropical places. In the wild most of them never experience freezing temperatures. It’s important to keep this in mind if we want our plants to stay healthy and happy.

 

Try to keep your plants in areas that will remain above 55 degrees at all times. If you have to move your plant to another location in the middle of winter, here are a few tips to prevent cold damage:

 

  • Transport plants in a heated vehicle. Make sure it is nice and warm before you load the plants in.

  • Wrap the plants in paper, fabric, and/or cardboard boxes. Do not use plastic, as it does not insulate well.

  • Make sure there are no holes or gaps in the wrapping where cold air can damage the leaves

  • Transport the plants as quickly as possible. Do not leave the plants out in the cold for more than a moment or two if possible.

 

How do you know if your plants have cold damage? The leaves will typically look water soaked and wilted. They are often a much darker green or even black, and they can feel greasy. Mild cold damage can look like silver or grayish blotches on the leaves.


Some house plants are more cold sensitive than others. If you have an area that occasionally gets cold drafts, you may want to use a plant that is a little hardier.

 

Most cold tolerant house plants:

  • Scheffleras

  • Palms

  • Liriope

  • Cactus

  • Algerian and English Ivy

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Least cold tolerant house plants:

  • Aglaonemas (Chinese evergreens)

  • Dracaenas

  • Snake Plants

  • Pothos

  • Ficus (they may not die, but they’ll shed a lot of leaves)

 

So as you enjoy our winter wonderland, please remember to keep your houseplants away from the cold to keep them green and beautiful. Happy Holidays!

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