Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Plants Not Ready for 'Pepping'.

Byline: Digging In Tracey Fitzgibbon For the Journal

Q. Like your reader last week, I too have been neglecting my houseplants. They look a bit bedraggled. What could I do to help pep them up?

A. Well, personally I'd rather see you wait awhile longer to do any real "pepping" of your houseplants. Naturally, with the shortening of the daylight, most houseplants go into a resting stage. They know to not waste their energy on a lot of growth that could be hard to maintain. The winter solstice has come and gone so soon, with each passing day lengthening. You'll be wise to wait a bit longer to change a lot in their lives right now.

There are a couple of things that you could do in the meanwhile. …

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