It may be cold outside, but indoor gardening always warms the spirit. January is a perfect time to focus on our houseplants. Like people, they benefit from a little TLC.
Here are a few tips to pamper your houseplants during these winter months. Remember these words: neglect with respect. Simply put, most houseplants don’t need as much water during the winter season. Once a week test the moisture level. If the soil is dry at a 2-inch depth the plant needs water. Water thoroughly and allow the water to drain completely.
Fertilize sparingly. Dilute the fertilizer by 50 percent or more. Once you see the plant setting new growth (typically in late February or March) you may start feeding full strength again.
Wash your plants. A simple bubble bath by hand is all it takes. Be sure the water is tepid and use a very diluted solution of liquid dishwashing soap and water. Place the plant in a sink and sponge off the leaves with the warm soapy water. Finish by wiping the leaves once more with clean water.
Visit www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org for more excellent gardening tips. Join us 7-9pm Jan. 18 for our Dunnville Horticultural Society Monthly Program Night. Lindsay Stephens, HC Public Library Community Outreach Co-ordinator will be sharing resources for gardeners. Mini-demos will be presented by DHS members Lester C. Fretz and Gloria Hunter.
We meet at the Optimist Hall. Refreshments are served and the evening is free to members and non-members. Contact Debbie Thomas, President at (905) 774-3064 if you have questions or comments.