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Houseplant Winter Decline

A common issue we see at our nursery are customers having problems with their indoor plants dropping leaves and becoming less attractive during the winter months. While botanically this isn't unusual, sometimes the way we respond to our plants doing this can cause even worse problems. Many, if not all, indoor plants require at least bright light and warmth to stay looking nice. As days get shorter and more importantly, the sun gets further away from us, our plants respond, sometimes in a not so great way.

Leaf Retention on your Trees and Shrubs

Many people have been calling, concerned about the fact that many trees and shrubs are still holding on to their leaves. In most cases, the leaves are all withered but still hanging on to branches. This phenomenon occurs every once in awhile when our hardy plants get caught off guard by a quick and early temperature drop, like what took place in mid November. A 70 degree Monday followed by a few days in the teens and twenties kept the tree from finishing its normal routine of dropping (or abscissing) its leaves.


We're sure you remember the winter of '13-'14 as being one of the most bitter and icy that we had seen in several decades. Many of our landscape plants came out of this past winter severely damaged and in some cases killed back entirely or beyond hope. Many weather experts are calling for a repeat this upcoming winter season. We like to wait and see what happens, but whichever philosophy you aspire to, there are steps you can take to plan against the same results next spring.

There Is A Difference

We know it's very difficult to walk through the big box stores and see the inexpensively priced poinsettias this time of year and not be enticed into buying. Keep in mind, there is a difference. These plants are grown in large quantities under conditions that allow them to grow quickly and therefore, these plants are typically very soft and prone to breakage. They are referred to as unpinched, meaning no cutting back during the growing process which would produce a much stockier and stronger poinsettia.