Thinking of beginning or adding to your houseplant collection? Wondering which species will survive the winter? We’ve done the hard work for you and asked the experts at Norwood Garden Centre.
Words: Elenor Jones-Gray
Images: Sharmonie Cockayne
Orchid blooms bring a beautiful touch to any space. During winter, position it in a space where the plant receives bright indirect light to ensure the best flowering results.
Orchids do require regular watering. Poke your finger about an inch into the soil – if you find it dry then it’s time to water. As these commonly grow in tropical conditions, consider investing in a humidifier to keep your plant in top condition.
Ideal for surviving cloudy winter days, this plant only requires filtered sunlight and can even make do with bright artificial light. Being highly drought tolerant, Devil’s Ivy requires very low maintenance and can survive several weeks without watering.
To achieve the signature trailing strings of leaves, it’s important to water deeply each week during the warmer months of the year, as this is the plant’s natural growth stage. During winter though, this could be reduced to once each fortnight or even longer.
A drought-tolerant pick, Philodendrons will add aesthetic value to your home without needing much attention. They thrive in well-lit, dry rooms; preferring indirect light. You’ll only need to remember to water them once every 2-3 weeks.
It’s time to water if the plant feels significantly lighter than when you watered it last, soil moisture will evaporate faster or slower depending on the room temperature. If it’s still feeling heavy then there’s no need to add any more water – check again next week.