Embracing 2024: Transitioning Your Houseplants into the New Year

The new year is soon approaching and as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new, our houseplants join us on this journey of transition. With the changing seasons and fresh beginnings, it's time to ensure our leafy companions smoothly navigate this transitional period. Let's dive into some tips and tricks to help your houseplants flourish as we step into 2024.

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1. Assess Their Environment

Now that we have entered a new season, daylight hours and temperatures may shift, even inside your house. Take a moment to reassess your plants' environment. Are they getting the right amount of light? Is the temperature suitable for their needs? Make adjustments as necessary, moving them closer to or farther from windows and checking for any drafts that might harm sensitive plants. If you are feeling like you can’t find the right amount of light, grab a grow light to aid your plants’ needs, even in the slow-growing months.


2. Adjust Your Watering Routine

Plant watering needs may change as we adjust into the coldest months of the year. Some plants might require less water due to indoor heating, while others might need more hydration due to decreased sunlight. Check the moisture levels in the soil before watering and always aim for consistency rather than a fixed schedule. Ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.


3. Prune and Groom

Trim away any yellowing or dead leaves and prune leggy growth to encourage bushier and healthier growth patterns. Grooming not only enhances aesthetics but also promotes better airflow and minimizes the risk of pests and diseases. Make sure to sanitize your pruners with alcohol wipes between different plants, as that can also help in preventing pests and disease from plant to plant.


4. Refresh Potting Mix

Consider refreshing the potting mix of your plants if it's been a while since they were last repotted. New soil provides renewed nutrients and aeration, promoting healthy root growth. Repotting may not be necessary for all plants, so assess based on the plant's growth and the condition of the soil. You can also sometimes just top off the soil a little bit without repotting, however, be wary of covering up the base stems of the plant, as this can cause rot later on.


5. Keep an Eye Out for Pests

Pests tend to become less active during winter, but as we step into the draftiest time of the year, some creepy crawlies might make a comeback. Regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests like spider mites, aphids, or fungus gnats. If detected, promptly treat affected plants and separate them from the rest of the pack to make sure they are fully back to health again without infecting the rest of your collection.


6. Introduce Humidity

Indoor heating during winter can create a dry environment, which might show up through crinkly and dried edges of your water-loving houseplants. Consider using a humidifier, pebble trays, or misting to maintain adequate moisture levels around your plants, especially if your home tends to get dry.


7. Plan Ahead for Spring

This is where the fun begins! Use this transitional period to plan for the upcoming spring. Consider the possibility of moving your houseplants outdoors as the weather warms up, repotting them, or providing additional fertilization to support their growth during the growing season. Plans like these can optimize the growth of your houseplants and provide you with a to-do list that you actually want to get done (yes, we are looking at you, laundry). 

As we embrace the arrival of 2024, let's ensure our houseplants embark on this new year with vigor and vitality. With a little attention, care, and these tips in mind, your leafy friends will thrive through the transition and beyond! To learn more about what’s growing on at the garden center, check out Mike, the Garden Guru, on his YouTube channel with new plants, products, and expert planting advice. To keep inspired and grow with us, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok to dig into the joys of gardening!