Day 277: houseplants and heating

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


We’re so used to tracing the passage of the seasons by the signs we observe out of doors – what the trees or the leaves or the skies are doing. But for those of us who garden indoors as well as (or instead of) out, possibly the most significant seasonal change – more so even than the differences in light levels – is the day when the central heating thermometer clicks on. For a houseplant, it’s a game changer. We like to keep ourselves warm and cosy over the cooler months, drying out the air and causing both plant tissue and growing medium to lose moisture. Since a soggy and rotting plant is hardly better than a desiccated one, watering profusely isn’t the answer at a time when plants aren’t in active growth, and so we do our best to raise humidity levels – with misting, and pebble trays, and constant vigilance. But above all, with fingers crossed. 

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.