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4 Ways to Help Your Plants Transition into Fall πŸƒ

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Hi there - new seasons bring change both indoors and out. Indoor climates stay mostly regulated to the comfort of the humans living there, but little differences in humidity and lighting can play a big role in the wellbeing of your houseplants. Let's dive into a few ways we can help our houseplants transition into the new season! 

Before diving into that - we just setup a set of our Grow Shelves (shop here and use discount code FALL at checkout for $30 off!) by our entryway door as a keyholder and it's working out remarkably well. Check out this photo here: 

Anywho - back to fall plant tips! Before I run the list down below, here's how we think about what's changing in the home as we go from Summer to Fall: 

  • Heaters begin to be run to keep the house warm: the warmth is good for humans and plants alike! But heaters tend to run very dry and the majority of houseplants we're familiar with are tropical and love humidity. 
  • Days are getting shorter and the angle at which the sun travels across the sky changes: Places that were once sunny and great for keeping a happy plant may no longer be getting those same precious rays
There are certainly other variables that change too like light intensity and colder drafts coming through - but we can save those for a winter update or Q&As if you have them. So lets get to this list: 
  • Move plants away from heaters and heating vents: as you begin supplementing your home with precious warmth, it's worth noting where that heat is coming from relative to your plants. Focused warm and dry air can crisp leaves slowly or leave dark blotches on year leaves which can be sad after working all summer to grow them beautiful and healthy
  • Make adjustments to your plants for optimal lighting: this can be done one of a few ways. Re-shuffling where your plants are based on desired lighting can be an easy way to improve growth into the fall. Generally, moving plants closer to lit windows - doesn't have to be right on the sill, but closer usually means more light - can be great for lower light environments. Also lower on the wall usually means brighter light as well. 
  • Counter dry heat with a humidifier: once you begin running your heaters, the air in your home will likely get dryer. Adding in a humidifier and running if a few hours a day near your plants can be a great way to keep their leaves green and luscious. Here's the one we have at home. It has a good size reservoir and is relatively cheap! 
  • Begin planning supplemental lighting: If you're committed to keeping the growing season going year-round, you're going to need some grow lights. SolTech has high quality lighting for plants that are US made and work great on my plants at home. They also give off a lovely warm light. Alternatively a lot of grow lights are beginning to show up on Amazon that could be worth testing out, too. I'm beginning to do some testing of my own with these! 
Also worth noting that at this time of the year, I generally slow down my care routine a good bit. I feel more comfortable going with monthly refresh cycles for my plants. That realistically means refreshing water ever 4 to 6 weeks in my busy world. 
 
It's a good time to sit back, relax a bit, and appreciate the lovely growth and new leaves the summer brought and plan out new spaces in the home missing a bit of plant life. There's always a wall somewhere that could be brought to life with our frames :) 
 
Happy fall, ya'll,
Conrad 

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Hi there - new seasons bring change both indoors and out. Indoor climates stay mostly regulated to the comfort of the humans living there, but little differences in humidity and lighting can play a big role in the wellbeing of your houseplants. Let's dive into a few ways we can help our houseplants transition into the new season!Β  Before diving into that - we just setup a set of our Grow Shelves (shop here and use discount code FALL at checkout for $30 off!)Β by our entryway door as a keyholder and it's working out remarkably well. Check out this photo here:Β  Anywho - back to fall plant tips! Before I run the list down below, here's how we think about what's changing in the home as we go from Summer to Fall:Β  * Heaters begin to be run to keep the house warm: the warmth is good for humans and plants alike! But heaters tend to run very dry and the majority of houseplants we're familiar with are tropical and love humidity.Β  * Days are getting shorter and the angle at which the sun travels across the sky changes: Places that were once sunny and great for keeping a happy plant may no longer be getting those same precious rays There are certainly other variables that change too like light intensity and colder drafts coming through - but we can save those for a winter update or Q&As if you have them. So lets get to this list:Β  * Move plants away from heaters and heating vents: as you begin supplementing your home with precious warmth, it's worth noting where that heat is coming from relative to your plants. Focused warm and dry air can crisp leaves slowly or leave dark blotches on year leaves which can be sad after working all summer to grow them beautiful and healthy * Make adjustments to your plants for optimal lighting: this can be done one of a few ways. Re-shuffling where your plants are based on desired lighting can be an easy way to improve growth into the fall. Generally, moving plants closer to lit windows - doesn't have to be right on the sill, but closer usually means more light - can be great for lower light environments. Also lower on the wall usually means brighter light as well.Β  * Counter dry heat with a humidifier:Β once you begin running your heaters, the air in your home will likely get dryer. Adding in a humidifier and running if a few hours a day near your plants can be a great way to keep their leaves green and luscious. Here's the one we have at home. It has a good size reservoir and is relatively cheap!Β  * Begin planning supplemental lighting: If you're committed to keeping the growing season going year-round, you're going to need some grow lights. SolTech has high quality lighting for plants that are US made and work great on my plants at home. They also give off a lovely warm light. Alternatively a lot of grow lights are beginning to show up on Amazon that could be worth testing out, too. I'm beginning to do some testing of my own with these!Β  Also worth noting that at this time of the year, I generally slow down my care routine a good bit. I feel more comfortable going with monthly refresh cycles for my plants. That realistically means refreshing water ever 4 to 6 weeks in my busy world.Β  It's a good time to sit back, relax a bit, and appreciate the lovely growth and new leaves the summer brought and plan out new spaces in the home missing a bit of plant life. There's always a wall somewhere that could be brought to life with our frames :)Β  Happy fall, ya'll, ConradΒ 
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