Its been particularly cold the last couple days and it seems like winter will never come to an end. Just when we think there is a break from the ice and snow we are hit with a cold front. If you know anything about Calgary, this is a weekly occurrence that can cause many headaches.
Not only is it super frosty out side but it is dreary, grey and very depressing. I just want some sunshine and green grass but I can not simply wait four more months. If you're feeling the same way, one of the best things that you can do is add some simple houseplants inside your home. It will bring life and greenery inside your home and could make you last just long enough to hold out for spring.
Choosing Indoor Winter House Plants
There are a couple things to consider when choosing indoor house plants for the winter season. They need to be able to stand up to slightly colder inside temperatures or drafts, dryer air because of the moisture sucking furnace and potentially less light.
If you are anything like me you keep your inside temperature slightly lower than “comfortable”. You might also turn it down at night or when you leave for work. If that is the case you may want to stay away from tropical plants. While they would probably survive they wouldn't flourish. Instead, choose a couple Sansevierias (snake plant), Jade, or creeping fig. If you keep your home warm you could easily have tropical house plants but consider the humidity in the air.
In the colder months its recommended to keep relative humidity fairly low to avoid frost on windows so balancing moisture in the air can be quite tedious. Have a misting bottle on hand so that you can spray your plants a couple times a day. You can also set the pot on a plate with river rock and a thin layer of water. The water will slowly evaporate around the plant without drowning it. African violets can produce beautiful flowers year round.
During the winter months we receive fairly good passive solar lighting. The sun is low in the sky so it comes directly though the windows for most of the daylight hours. Sunlight shouldn't be an issue but if you are finding that you are receiving very little during these months, choose dormant winter plants like cacti. They require very little water and sun during the winter months since they are dormant, almost hibernating.