As the seasons change to Spring and new plant life takes bloom outside, it may be time to change the way you treat your indoor plants. Seasonal changes affect indoor environments and the plants within them almost as much as they do outdoor plants. Plants are very sensitive to changes in the air quality, temperature, and humidity
As the heat and moisture content in the outdoor air change, the temperature settings inside also change, which affects the indoor plants. As spring changes into summer many indoor environments, like offices and shopping malls, are kept at a cooler temperature to allow people to feel comfortable.
How Do Plants Sense the Coming Change in Seasons?
As Fall and winter approach, most plants will shed their leaves to get ready for the change of seasons. While this might seem to be associated with dropping temperatures, the actual reason is that trees and other plants can sense the change In seasons due to the reduced presence of light. Photoperiodism is the name given to the way plants and animals respond to natural changes in light. Research has shown that certain plants have receptors that allow them to sense the natural shortening of daylight hours that occurs in the fall and winter. As the night grows longer, plants anticipate colder weather coming, which is why they lose their leaves as winter approaches even If temperatures don’t drop.
How Does Spring Change the Environment for Indoor Plants?
In Spring, indoor plants may need repositioning as the sunlight coming in through windows becomes more intense and lasts for longer periods. Plants with delicate leaves can end up getting bleached or burnt by prolonged sun exposure. These plants may need to move to a shadier spot or be rotated a few times a week to ensure they get the right amount of light.
The water level each plant needs can also vary as the weather grows warmer. With sunlight levels going up, plants are likely to need more water to stay hydrated. At the same time, it’s important to be cautious of overwatering. At Plant Solutions, we have the experience to know how much water each plant needs as the season’s change. Our weekly plant maintenance service increases water levels over time and precisely chooses the right spot for each plant to ensure that plants get what they need without getting overwatered or overexposed to the sun.
Another important change to the indoor environment is the steady increase of air conditioning as the outdoor temperature gets hotter. Most plants prefer for the temperature indoors to be a little warmer than you might like, and they can react negatively to you running the AC more than usual. Air conditioner use can also strip humidity from the air, leaving plants dry and causing leaves to curl up. If you want to keep all your plants healthy as Spring progresses into Summer, you may need to add some humidity back into the air for the plants to absorb.
If you want to keep your interior plants healthy and thriving as the season’s change, Plant Solutions can help. Our team can help with plant selection and maintenance for your home and office space. Contact us at 480.585.8501 to get started.