Green Acres


January 30, 2019

Keeping House Plants Healthy

During the Winter

Many houseplants suffer in winter from too little light. Houseplants need sufficient light to photosynthesize and make sugars and other carbohydrates. Even a south-facing windowsill may not provide sufficient lighting for normal growth.

A normal desk lamp or reading lamp puts out about 50-foot candles. That seems sufficient to us, but it may not be for your plants. The aluminum plant, spider plant, Boston fern, Bromeliads, Devil’s Ivy, Watermelon Peperomia, Oval Leaf Peperomia, Painted Drop Tongue, Rockford Fern, Roehrs’ Dumbcane, and the...

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