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The best indoor office plants for winter
From the air, office plants look just like any other houseplant. You could easily walk by one at a coffee shop or at a friend’s house, and not even notice it. But how many times have you caught yourself wondering, “Hey, why do they look like they’re in a hospital?” or “I wish they looked more like those awesome ones in Pinterest?”.
This is not a question of preference. This is a practical question: What are your options if you want to make your office a little healthier, a little greener, and you can’t decide if you’re going to a coffee shop or at a friend’s house?
If you’re still wondering, here’s the answer. If you’re at a coffee shop, your options are pretty limited. If you’re at a friend’s house, they re actually a lot more limited!
It s a matter of survival.
Let s start with the basics. Before we can figure out what s a reasonable thing for your office to have, we ve got to start with what s required for indoor survival.
This is the first thing you ll have to get right when you have indoor plants. Your office isn t considered to be a greenhouse, and if you live in an area with extreme weather, there s probably no way you re going to grow plants without an indoor humidifier.
However, it s also just good common sense to keep your office a little more humid than it is outside. An ideal, general rule of thumb is something like 80 to 90 percent humidity, which is considered normal in a greenhouse. If you have trouble figuring this out, just go with the natural humidity of your office. The temperature won t change if you re at this level, but you ll be in better shape and it s much easier to deal with.
Humidity doesn t have to be as high as it is inside a greenhouse, but you need to make sure it s much higher than it is outside.
Now, you re going to need a lot more fans.
The ideal temperature range is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). Keep your office at a comfortable, but not too comfortable temperature. It s possible to go higher, and in some cases, that s a good thing. Plants generally do better in higher temperatures, but they don t like to be too hot or cold, so you want to keep it steady.
Humidity is really the biggest factor in temperature, so if your office is already humid enough for indoor survival, you should be okay. If you re in an area with extreme weather, then you can probably try higher temperatures. If your office doesn t have great, fresh air ventilation, though, higher temperatures could affect your plants.
I d recommend somewhere between 80 and 90 percent humidity.
You ll need a lot more fans
Once you ve determined your ideal temperature and humidity ranges, you ll need to install a whole bunch of fans in your office. The amount of fans you ll need depends on the size of your greenhouse, how many plants you re trying to grow and how much air movement you need.
A single small to medium fan can provide a decent amount of air flow, but once you get to 4 or more, you ll need to get a bigger, and probably more powerful, fan. Ideally, you ll want fans with an airflow rate of at least 20 to 30 CFM, and most likely around 45 to 60 CFM.
That s a lot of air.
You ll need to ensure that your office isn t drafty, and you ll need to install as many fans as you can to keep it that way. If you don t have an HVAC system, you ll also need to have a way to install a humidifier.
How to keep it clean
In order to keep your greenhouse growing successfully, you ll need to make sure that your office stays tidy. If you re using indoor plants, you ll need to remember to clean them on a regular basis. Cleaning the inside of your greenhouse is easy, as the dirt will naturally fall into the growing beds. All you need to do is give it a regular spray down with a watering can and you ll be back to growing!
If you re using hydroponics, though, there s a lot more work involved.
How to maintain plants on hydroponics
In hydroponics, you ll need to add liquid fertilizer, and change the water regularly. It s also a good idea to keep a small spout or tap near the growing bed. You ll be able to quickly change the water without having to move the whole thing.
How to get your plants through winter
The most important thing you can do to ensure your plants survive winter is to cover them.
If you re growing your plants under lights, you ll need to protect the roots with something to prevent them from freezing. A few options are burlap, bubble wrap, cellophane, or any other material that is breathable and will keep the roots from freezing.
It s also important to cover any potting soil. This will prevent any snow from blowing onto your plants.
If you re using a greenhouse as a winter vegetable garden, you ll also need to ensure you cover the outside of your greenhouse, or keep it open for ventilation. Make sure that any windows are covered so that you don t lose any light and that the roof is kept dry.
You can also keep some space for plants to grow when you re not growing vegetables! If you re able to grow in a cold climate, you can keep your indoor plants in a greenhouse (or a cooler part of the house) during the winter.
How to care for your vegetables for winter
When you re ready to harvest your winter veggies, you ll need to know how to store your fruits and veggies.
A lot of root vegetables need to be stored at a very low temperature. Carrots, turnips, parsnips, and beets all benefit from being frozen.
Some types of fruit also need to be frozen. Cherries and blueberries will keep longer if you freeze them whole, and apples are best frozen without peeling.
If you re growing leafy greens, you ll need to store them correctly. If they re stored at a too-warm temperature, they ll wilt and your yields will be reduced.
If you re trying to store your winter veggies for a short period of time, you can make it by covering them in moist sand or sawdust. You can also put your vegetables into crates to keep them cool. You should also try to keep them as moist as possible.
Another way to store your vegetables, particularly leafy greens, is in your refrigerator. You can also try storing some in water. Don t add the water to the vegetable themselves, use fresh water, but don t submerge them completely.
When you re finished harvesting, you ll want to process your winter veggies so that you can eat them. You can make them more palatable by blanching them.
Blanching is a quick way to get the nutrients out of your vegetables. It s done