All people that have plants and flowers in their homes or gardens know how important it is to take proper care of them during the winter season. There are a couple of things that should be done in order to protect your plants from the low temperatures but more essential is to know exactly what to do and when to do it. As there is little sunshine during the winter, the growth of the flowers becomes slower compared to spring and summer hence they do not need to nourished and watered too often. When it comes to watering you’d better not follow a schedule on when to do it, the best you can do is simply touch the soil to measure whether the plant needs water or not. When the upper layer of the soil (about 2-2.5 centimetres) gets completely dry you can pour water. It is a good idea also to spray water on the flowers leaves in order to prevent them from losing their natural moisture. Around the roots of the plant you can put banana peels, egg-shells or tea bags. All of them serve as a natural soil and will assist in feeding the plants for the cold months. You can also gather straws and place them around the area of the plants roots in order to prevent them from getting frozen when temperatures become too low. Make sure to place the plants in an appropriate area of your home. The most appropriate temperature of the air is between 7 and 12 degrees Celsius.
Flowers should also be placed in a sunny spot – near a window and far from radiators and other heaters. Otherwise their leaves might start getting dry and fall down. Below are a few advices regarding the two most popular plants people have in their homes and gardens.
1. Cyclamen – it blooms for about eight weeks. The perfect spot to place it is a window that is facing South. In order to keep the flower healthy and blooming, temperatures in the room should not be above 15 and below 4 degrees Celsius. When watering simply pour water in the plate not directly into the soil.
2. Azalea – it blooms for approximately ten weeks. The most suitable spot to place it is a window that is facing either West or North. Room temperature should be about 15 degrees Celsius all the time. The room should have high humidity of the air, that is why the best you can do is place the plant over a plate with water. You can water the flower with rain water or water in which you have put a tea bag about 24 hours before that. Watering the azalea is a very specific task as its roots are all over the soil and usually when poured water cannot reach all of them. That is why the best thing you can do in this situation is to place the plant into a big vessel full of water and wait for the water to be completely absorbed by the flower.