When it's cold - and wet - outside, there's something nice about having an indoor garden.
But your house plants can even fall foul of the weather inside thanks to drafts, a lack of light and dampness.
So, here are some tips to help make sure winter doesn't spell curtains for your spider plants, your aloe veras, your ferns, and even your ever-hardy cacti.
"Leaves dropping, yellowing of the leaves.... These are all signs of problems or stress," says Sophie from botanical stylists geo-fleur.
"Basically, people asking what plants will survive the cold."
Although, somewhat ironcially, she says most people actually kill their houseplants in winter by over-watering and getting them too hot.
"It's by having their heating too high," Sophie explains. "That and watering too much to compensate for the cold."
"Most of the common houseplants need the same amount throughout the year," warns Sophie, except when they are coming into the 'growth season'. Which means the time of year when plants begin to think about growing again.
"Bring them in!" says Sophie. "Don't let them freeze!"
"There are certain synthetic lighting systems which are mostly used for growing seeds or propogating," advises Sophie.
Don't worry if that sounds very technical and scary though - you can always just try and hang a lamp or light over your plants.
"Feed your plants!" says Sophie. Plant food - specialist indoor plant fertiliser to be exact.
There are actually a bunch of plants that do well in a damp house.
"Plants that like to be kept moist such as ferns, fittonia and oxalis triangularis are great for damp houses," says Sophie. "They will thrive better."
Watch out for your cacti though as they're more keen on a dry environment.
"Most house plants are rather hardy but won't like a cold draft," warns Sophie. "Don't leave them next to a window that's constantly open (or is rubbish as a draft stopper) as the cold winter air will harm them."
When it comes to the heat problem, just move them away from heaters and out of the path of heat pumps.
"Sanseveria and the ZZ Plant are totally hardy," says Sophie. "They will survive these conditions and they thrive on neglect."
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