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January and February are often the coldest months of the year in the UK, with temperatures typically dropping and snow showers becoming the norm. That means keen gardeners need to prepare for weather conditions to worsen before they get better, and look after their plants well during the harsh winter months.
Here are some tips on how to care for indoor plants while it is freezing cold outside.
While indoor plants will not be as affected by freezing temperatures as outdoor ones, the winter can still be a difficult time of the year for them due to the lack of light. As there is significantly less sunshine during winter, you might have to increase the amount of artificial light your plants have access to in order to keep them alive and growing.
Hydrophonic grow lights are really effective at maximising the levels of light they receive, so they are not at a disadvantage during the season. In order to aid them even more, move them to a conservatory or greenhouse so they can access light from all over the room. Don’t forget to clean windows regularly, so as much sunshine as possible filters through.
Although indoor plants will be somewhat protected from the chill outside, some might still require you to turn up the thermostat. If they are tropical species, they may need to have a consistent temperature of 12 to 18C, which will be significantly higher than what it will be outside over the winter.
Make sure you know the exact conditions your plants need, so you can ensure the heating is kept at the right temperature for that species.