Four Tips to Help Houseplants Thrive This Winter from Costa Farms

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With a little care, houseplants can help to beat the winter blues.

Peace lilies from Costa Farms O2 for You collection help clean the very air you breathe.

The winter season is just as challenging for houseplants as it can be for people.

Have the winter blues set in? The combination of harsh weather, short days and dreary landscapes can make the season seem like it’ll go on forever. There is a remedy, though, bring the outdoors in with attractive houseplants.

“Brightening up an indoor space with leafy, green houseplants can really boost your mood,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “A houseplant brings beauty into your home or office and naturally cleanses the very air you breathe.”

Studies from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have found that levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Houseplants such as those from Costa Farms’ O2 For You collection, including peace lilies, Boston ferns and Chinese evergreens, clean the air every minute of the day. They absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that hide in ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink.

The winter season is just as challenging for houseplants as it can be for people, however. Light is low, days are short and indoor humidity is terrible. With just a little care, houseplants can thrive, brightening winter days.

Hancock offers these 4 tips to help houseplants thrive over winter:

1. Keep leaves green. Brown leaf tips or edges mean a houseplant isn’t getting enough moisture. Fix this by placing a humidifier near plants, clustering plants together or placing the plant on a tray of pebbles and water.

2. Keep water in check. Water plants when soil is dry to the touch, about every seven to 10 days.

3. Let in the light. A houseplant lets you know the spot is right by maintaining healthy leaves. If there’s enough light for you to read by, there’s probably enough for a low-light houseplant. Avoid placing plants near heat or air conditioning ducts, on TVs, or between the curtains and a chilly window.

4. Stay comfy and cozy. Houseplants are happiest when temperatures are between 70 and 80ºF during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler at night, but thrive in basically the same temperatures you’re comfortable in.

About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 4,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.

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