Overwintering Your Plant

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Place your plant in a cool and bright place during the winter.


  1. Check the soil Before moving your plant, make sure the soil is dry to avoid mold growth.

  2. Check for pests When your plant is moved to a new location and proceeds into the winter months, it might get a bit weak. Its normal resilience against pests is therefore lower. Make sure to check that your plant is healthy and free of vermin before moving it to its winter location.

  3. Prune to optimize light uptake If the foliage is very heavy and dense, thin it out so that light can flow freely between the branches and hit all the leaves.

  4. Lower the temperature Place your plant in a cool room. For example a garage, shed, basement, attic, summerhouse or a cool stairway if you are living in an apartment. Some plants can also be placed on a sheltered balcony, if you keep control of the temperature (so it doesn't get too cold). Recommended temperature for this plant:

  5. If possible, add extra grow light Pick out a full-spectrum light bulb (like White-LED or fluorescent light) and place the plant at a minimum of 30 cm below the light to prevent leaf burn. Keep the light on for:

    • Olive tree: 6 hours / day

    • Geraniums: 10-12 hours / day

    • Citrus tree: 14 hours / day

    • Others: About 8 hours / day

  6. Reduce watering A resting plant requires very little water, so make sure to reduce the watering frequency. We will let you know when it's time to give your dormant plant water. If your plant is placed dark during the winter! The water care instructions in Planta are based on your plant being overwintered in a bright place. If your plant is placed on a dark location, reduce the watering even more.

  7. Stop fertilizing During the time your plant is resting, it won't need any fertilizing.

“Plants that drop their leaves during the winter can be overwintered in a dark place, since they are not absorbing any light.” — PLANTA TIPS


When it gets darker outside and the temperature starts to drop, most plants go into a dormant state - which is crucial for almost all plants to survive. During the dormant state the plant will stop growing, reduce its water intake, and it might even shed some of its leaves.