Here are 5 gardening tips for the month of November:
- There’s no telling how long the mild weather will last, but Christmas isn’t waiting. If you have fresh garland, urns or wreaths outside, mist or water them occasionally to ensure they stay green and beautiful throughout the holiday season. We also offer Wilt-Pruf, an anti-desiccant spray that can be used to protect your greens from early browning and bleaching.
- Houseplants new and old should not be fertilized at this time of year. As the amount and quality of daylight diminishes, many of our indoor plants enter a period of dormancy. They will not require any fertilization and may need less frequent watering until the spring.
- If you’re looking for low-maintenance indoor plants for the home, consider air plants or succulent gardens. The only requirement for these plants is a room with high ambient light. Their care needs are minimal and there are countless creative ways they can be incorporated into a room’s existing décor!
- It might sound silly at first, but you should make an effort to dust your indoor plants every week or two. Dust poses a twofold threat: first, over time it can block the pores of your plant and thus interrupt the transpiration process essential to a plant’s survival. Second, a layer of dust will actually reduce the amount of light the plant receives. And of course, it looks unsightly.
- A final tip for tropicals: avoid putting houseplants near drafty doors or hot air registers. Drafty doors will cause them damage every time a blast of frigid air blows by. Hot air registers will dry out and desiccate your tropical plants even if you are misting frequently. Most tropicals need high levels of relative humidity – believe it or not, central heating produces air almost as dry as the Sahara Desert! This rule also applies to poinsettias.
This time of year, many of us dutifully cover our favourite evergreens with burlap for protection. Our recent blog post explains that this might do more harm than good.