The Problems Heating Causes for Plants

Plants offer freshness, harmony and hope. They're an interesting addition to any interior, hence their popularity for home decoration. But they have to be kept in good condition.
The Problems Heating Causes for Plants

Last update: 03 March, 2021

During the winter months, homes get cold. To solve this problem, a lot of people resort to radiators for heating. However, these can cause issues. It’s time to learn about the different problems that heating causes for plants.

Temperature plays a major role in how comfortable a room feels. It has a significant impact on health and well-being. It’s not good to be too hot, but it’s not comfortable to be too cold either; this means we have to find a middle ground.

If you have pets or plants, they can suffer the consequences of weather changes. Obviously, we all benefit from maintaining a stable home environment, but sometimes this isn’t possible and that’s when problems can arise.

Dryness in the environment

Heating can cause problems for plants.

One factor to consider is the dryness that radiators cause in rooms. They’re not continuously on; in fact, most people turn their heating off at night. Nevertheless, the air remains dry and can be somewhat stale after several hours of artificial heating.

The humidity is affected by the intense heat radiators produce. The ambient air is more congested and plants can suffer consequences. The air becomes much drier and people feel this in their bodies: dry eyes, chapped lips, dry skin, etc. If humans suffer from this, then plants are also affected.

It’s important to water plants every day to keep them well hydrated.

Problems heating causes for plants

In order to talk about some common problems, we have to assess, first of all, the need for a weekly care routine to prevent any complications. Let’s take a closer look at this issue:

  • If you put the heating on higher than it should be (more than 75 degrees in all rooms), you can create a stifling atmosphere that doesn’t help in any way and will dehydrate your plants.
  • They can lose their natural color and begin to wilt. This can be seen when the leaves turn brown or even dry out completely. Even if you water them, if the temperature is too high they won’t survive.
  • The more exotic species, such as tropical plants, can better withstand heat; on the other hand, those from temperate climates with cold seasons can’t live continuously in such an environment.
  • When you put them near radiators, you aggravate the situation. The hot air hits them directly and will dehydrate them. Therefore, it’s important to know which species you have and what conditions they like.

Solutions to improve the conditions for your plants

Children and plants.

You can look for ways to improve the climate in your home and not harm your plants just because you want a warm environment. To do this, you should start by maintaining a stable temperature: 71 ºF is comfortable and healthy.

It’s also important to ventilate your house in the morning. After spending the whole afternoon in the living room, or after sleeping in the bedroom, it’s a good idea to open a window, to let clean air in and refresh the indoor climate.

You’ll also need to get to know your plants, to look at them carefully every day, and get a feel for them so you can check for any changes to their condition; if they have fungus or aphids, if they’re weak or if they need more water. Don’t avoid problems, find them, face them, and solve them.

Taking care of your plants will help improve the image of your interiors.

Water is life for living things

Plants play a fundamental role in decoration. They not only convey freshness and harmony, but their greenness also gives off a sense of hope. That’s why it’s worth taking care of them and keeping them healthy.

Don’t forget to water all your plants weekly. This way they won’t become dehydrated and you’ll keep them looking good. In addition, it’s a good idea to do a little more research on the particular plant species, the care they need and how they can be treated.

In short, by taking care of your plants you’re taking care of one of the key components of a healthy home.

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