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Houseplants: beating the winter blahs

By Deb Brown

From eNews, February 24, 2005

During the winter months, the indoor environment can be especially hostile to houseplants. Days are shorter, limiting the amount of light that's available for photosynthesis. Cold air near windows and doors can damage tropical plants. Air becomes drier as furnaces kick in more frequently, and insect infestations may flare out of control.

Yet, despite these potential pitfalls, you can keep most of your houseplants looking healthy. So that, come spring, they can begin to perk up on their own.

Deb Brown is a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.