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When the cold arrives it is necessary to run for cover so that our garden does not succumb but even those who do not have outdoor spaces to take care of have their worries. He must learn how to protect plants from domestic heating which creates a microclimate that is sometimes harmful to both the flora and us. Think of the dry throat and colds caused by inadequate temperatures in the office or home, compared to those outside. Let's see how we can arrange and care for our indoor plants so that they survive well the heating season. Some can't stand it overheated and dry air that exists in the environment, others instead suffer from sudden changes in temperature and drafts that enter through the cracks in the windows, others are not watered enough and all the leaves are seen yellowing and falling. Fortunately, we can do something to prevent this from happening within our home walls.
Plants and heating
To protect plants from Home heating first we can find them a place that doesn't subject them to too much suffering. Where is it? It depends from plant to plant. Those like the ficus benjamina, the happy log, the kenzia and the philodendron, or other plants of considerable size, like to stay close to the radiators because they are comfortable in the heat. Let's put them a few tens of centimeters from heating and we will see that they will make new leaves to confirm that they are comfortable. On the contrary, medium-sized flowers such as anthurium, spatifillo, azalea must stay away from the radiators.
L'hot air it ruins them by blackening their leaves and also the corollas, you will notice it immediately. Place them a few meters from the heat source. Contact with the floor can also be a problem because if it is very cold compared to the ambient temperature, a temperature change between roots and leaves is recorded inside the plant. With small plants it is difficult to understand how to behave because there is no one criterion that fits all. Some like to stay warm, like certain orchids, while others have hairy leaves like violets
to African or rich in juices, from begonia to fat plants, they must stay away from heat sources and prefer the cold. If we love cyclamen and want them to bloom worthily, let's put them on the balcony. If for some plants the radiators are bitter enemies, for others they become an important support. The pansy, for example, likes their warmth when it needs to germinate.
Plants and heating: watering
Whether near or far, the radiators always make the air in the house a little dry and we must take this into account when we take care of a plant in the winter in our apartment. In general it is necessary to increase the amount of water but the most effective criterion for deciding is to feel the earth of the pots to see if they are annoying. If it is dry and dusty, with a light color, you need water.
Unfortunately it is not enough. Against the dryness from radiators it is also necessary spray the leaves three times a week. They like all of them, except some succulents or those with hairy leaves. When you spray water on the plant it is important to check that it is not too cold to avoid even lethal thermal shocks.
How to protect plants from drafts
We shouldn't have any drafts in the house regardless, though avoid wasting energy and heat, but if we have any, we must ensure that our houseplants do not suffer from it. If we can't fix the windows, then let's run for cover to at least save the plants by putting the pot in a cache-pot in diameter that we fill with expanded polystyrene that insulates. Alternatively, but it is a less elegant solution, we can put some stuffed sausages at the base of the windows. If you are one of those who love to ventilate your home every now and then, at any outside temperature, you will have to limit yourself to avoid making the plants sick, very sensitive to the bursts of cold air when they live protected in their and our home environment. What can happen is that the leaves turn yellow and fall off.
For the same reason, we avoid keeping delicate plants too close to the entrance door because even a slight breeze that enters with us on a particularly cold day could do damage.
Here are a few very elegant cachepots that we can buy very easily even online. There are simple or colorful ones, we can find the one that best suits the furnishing style of our home.
There are ceramic ones, like this one, in a floral style, like this one or strictly dedicated to succulent and succulent plants like this one.