What to do when your plant has been exposed to a draft

What to do when your plant has been exposed to a draft

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Drafts can cause damage to houseplants, and some types of plant are more sensitive to drafts than others. This is usually because they can’t handle the stress of being exposed to cold blasts of air, so it’s a good idea to try and protect your plants from these non-ideal conditions wherever possible.

SIGNS

  • The whole plant is drooping or wilting (this is a common sign)

  • The development from happy to sad goes quite fast (also a common sign)

  • Leaves can start to fade in color or turn brown/yellow

  • Burn marks may appear on leaves

Drooping plant

WHAT TO DO NOW:

  • The first thing you need to do is to move your plant to a warmer and less drafty place in order to prevent it from suffering any further stress. The sooner you do this, the better the chance that it will restore to full health

  • You might also wish to remove any brown or damaged leaves - as they will unfortunately never recover

  • Luckily, most plants usually recuperate pretty fast when the draft and cold air is gone

PLACES TO AVOID

You need to stay clear of both hot and cold air drafts, as extremes of temperature and constant change is very stressful for your plants. Indoor plants can be especially sensitive to such changes.

Common places where you can find drafts include: close to a door or window, under an air conditioner, on top of a radiator, close to a fireplace, drafty windows - some windows let in more air than others, heat vents, near to a space heater, and near appliances (like the refrigerator, stove, oven etc.)

It can be easy to forget that warm/hot breezes can also be harmful to your plants, not just cold drafts. Try to keep your plant’s living conditions as stable and constant as possible to avoid putting stress on your plants.