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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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4 Things You Need to Know about Winter and Houseplants

• 31 min

The winter can be challenging for indoor tropical houseplants that thrive in hot, humid environments. While our houseplants do not experience the true dormancy of outdoor deciduous plants (plants that drop all their leaves at some point in the year), they can enter a period of slowed growth known as “quiescence.” During this time, they require adjusted care to stay happy and healthy. After keeping houseplants for many winters and making my share of mistakes, I want to share the knowledge I’ve gained about their winter care needs in this episode. In this episode, we learn:[04:05] Dormancy vs quiescence[05:47] Why winter is a great time to explore your inner quiescence[06:25] #1 The light levels are going to change[07:14] Why some plants might have more light availability during winter (exception to the rule)[08:29] Few things to do to help your plants survive the winter when there is less light available[10:13] #2 Your houseplants are going to hate your heaters[12:18] Tips for dealing with dry heat[15:05] Where can you find quality products for your indoor and outdoor planting needs?[16:43] Looking for unique and soothing chimes as a holiday gift?[18:48] #3 Winter is the time that pests like to show up[19:51] How to deal with plant pests[21:41] #4 Fertilize if you see new growth[23:28] I just got a Monstera Thai constellation![24:26] Bonus Tip #1: Don't freak out that much about dropping leaves[25:36] Bonus Tip #2: If you’re dying, force bulbs inside![27:14] Key insights you can learn to experience quiescence in your life! Mentioned in our conversation:GJ Ep 158: Grow and Make Essential Oils With Chris SatchGJ Ep 200: Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And Mealybugs: Grow Better With LeslieGJ Ep 208: Diy Houseplant First Aid Kit With Leslie HalleckSoltech Aspect™ LED GrowlightEspoma Liquid FertilizersPainters Tape For additional tips on winter plant care,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Espoma OrganicMake sure your plants are all set for the new season! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing and eco-friendly packaging. Visit to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront. Wind River ChimesThis holiday season, bring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition to your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones this holiday season! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria Website: Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria Our Sponsors: * Check out Manukora: * Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great dea

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