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How does Daylight Savings Time Affect Your House Plants?

Updated: Mar 14



Why do we have Daylight Savings Time?


DST maximises our daylight hours when you run a 9-5 lifestyle. This one is the hardest one because you lose an hour, so when you have your alarm on to go off at 7 am it is actually going off at 6 am! Luckily plants aren't affected in the same way as us.

The earth's axes changes and the northern hemisphere tilts more towards the sun. This allows the sun's rays to hit the earth faster. The sun can reach more of the northern hemisphere surface area and our daylight hours get extended which all, in turn, warms the earth's atmosphere. This is how we get our summer.


This can mess up our internal body clock for a couple of weeks but this has no effect on house plants. Well, it does have a huge effect on the plants but nothing that affects the way we need to care for them. Some plants are happy in one spot all year round and others have to be moved and their water schedule has to change.

Things you need to watch and look out for.


Sunlight


Check to make sure plants that don't like direct sunlight do not get any direct sun. The morning sun in the winter months is low but as we get into spring it starts to get stronger and as we move into summer the morning sun can be too strong. Watch out for black or brown spots on your houseplants, this means that they are getting too much strong sunlight. Some also start to lose their bright green colour and start to turn yellow. Succulents that don’t like the direct sun will start to show brown burned areas on their leaves and stem that will either go crispy or drop the affected leaves. Succulents will also wilt and will not recover from this new wilted position. The succulent itself will recover and keep glowing but the affected leaves will not recover and it will not perc up back to its original position.


Temperature


Depending on where you have placed your houseplant in your home to whether the temperature change will affect it. Most house plants don’t mind the rise in temperature but if it is too hot for them you will see most plants especially succulents wilting or getting soft and mushy. The one thing to really look out for is your plants drying out faster than before and making sure you adjust your watering schedule. Luckily succulents don’t mind being dry and having an inconsistent watering schedule but if you do notice them losing leaves or wilting, then up their water intake.


Another way your houseplants can be affected is if you moved or have placed them rear a vent over the winter. If they have been placed near a vent over the winter and have enjoyed the heat that was coming out of your vent all winter long it surely will not be happy with cold airconditioned air in replacement.

How succulents are one of the plants less affected and the easiest house plant to care for.


All succulent plants love and thrive in indirect bright light. If you have given your succulent plants the brightest spot in your home, this most lightly means it its the brightest spot in your home all year round. If this is what you have done then you will never have to move your succulent plant from its spot.


The one great thing about succulents is that they love drought and you can never underwater them. When in doubt don't water your succulent until you find the right watering regime. Our mini succulents can go without water for two weeks on average in the summer and four weeks on average in the winter. This is one of the reasons the make great thank you favours for weddings and party’s. They are also very easy to care for and you don’t need to be an expert to keep one. This is why it’s a popular favour that is well received by guests. You can tell when a succulent needs watering because it start to wilt or look like it’s drying out And they recover quick after they get watered.

Check our stock of mini bulk succulents which can make great gifts, thank you gift favours and craft terrarium gifts or thank you gifts.

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