How to care for Philodendron in winter

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Like all tropical plants, the Philodendron will enter a dormant state in winter. During this dormant period the plant is resting and, as a result, most of its functions slow down. 


In the winter, you will notice growth almost stop and you may see changes in leaf colour. These changes can sometimes happen suddenly and can be worrying when you take care of your plants all year round. However, these changes are a natural part of a Philodendron’s life cycle. 


During this time, your plant’s needs will change and you will need to adapt your care regime to suit these changes. Not doing this can cause issues with your plant so this guide will provide all the information you need to successfully care for your Philodendron through the winter. 

What can affect your Philodendron in the winter?

There are a number of factors that can affect your Philodendron in the winter and each change will need you to adapt your care in certain ways. Here are some of the main factors that will impact the health of your Philodendron during the winter months:

Light

Tropical houseplants such as the Philodendron thrive on sunlight. During the winter, the intensity of any available sunlight is lower and the days are a lot shorter so your plant will not be getting the light it needs to produce enough energy. Philodendrons like bright, but indirect light, and a lack of light is the main cause for your plant to go dormant.


There are a few things you can do to give your plant a bit of a light boost during the winter: first is to move your philodendron to a sunnier location, this is the easiest thing you can do and provide your plant a much needed boost.


If there is still not enough light in your space you could choose to add UV grow lights to your plant. You don't need to be overly concerned about giving your plant as much light as it receives in the summer, and should judge it by looking at the leaves, if they start to wilt they are not receiving enough light, but beyond that you should be fine if you make the simple changes outlined above. 

Water

When a Philodendron gets colder and starts to receive less light, it will go dormant. When the plant is in this state it will stop growing and it’s need for water will also decrease significantly.


You will find that the soil in your plant pot will dry out a lot slower. It can be tempting to keep to your normal watering routine out of habit, but doing so will end up with your plant

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