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I was recently asked why plants that are brought in for the winter often shed some or all of their leaves. 

The spider plant that was doing so well in a covered porch during the summer is now looking sad and some of the leaves are turning brown. This is not unusual and there are many reasons why this is happening to your plants. 

Environmental changes such as temperature, light, humidity and water will have definite effects on your plants when they are moved inside your house. To start, we tend to keep our houses at a lower temperature and humidity level than it is outside in the summer. Secondly, the amount of light is reduced due to shorter days and more indirect light inside, even if you place them in a south facing window. If you are placing your plants on a windowsill, make sure it’s not getting a cold draft. 

Reduce watering! Because your plants are slowing their rate of growth during this time, they won’t need as much water as they did in the summer. The type of pot you use is also a factor when watering. Plastic pots will hold water longer, while clay pots will dry out faster. So check your soil before watering. 

Give your plants some time to adapt to their new environment, and remember that the days will start getting longer very soon! 

If you’re looking to add to your collection of plants, we have some colourful coleus plants and ivies at the Kemptville Campus Greenhouse. These plants do not need bright light, so they are perfect as houseplants at this time of year. The bonus is that you can then use them in the spring to brighten up your gardens! 

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