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July 4, 2024

Caring for Indoor Plants in the Chilly Season

As Kudlila settles in and the outdoors become a frosty wonderland, it's time to shift our focus to the cozy refuge of our indoor green companions.

  • Words by Kimberly Murray

Kudlila is the Kuarna wet seasons where Wartapukkara (north/west wind, tempestuous weather) and Kudlinthi (to wash) happens.

Plant and animal indicators for the season see vegetables and grubs eaten, bloodworms in the mud and water birds nesting.

The chilly weather means lower temperatures, decreased sunlight and changes in watering.

So, ensuring the well-being of your indoor plants during this season requires a thoughtful approach.

Let’s explore some essential tips to help you keep your indoor jungle thriving, a leafy haven during the chilly months ahead.

Light Up Their World

With the sun sitting lower in the sky during Kudlila, natural light becomes scarcer.

  • Consider moving your plants closer to windows to maximise exposure to compensate for reduced sunlight.
  • Rotate plants regularly to ensure all sides receive equal light.
  • Longer exposure to light will help your plants maintain their health and vibrant colours during the darker and colder Kudlila days.

Adjust the Watering Routine

Kudlila often brings lower humidity levels, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Adjust your watering routine to accommodate for the drier conditions.
  • While it is essential not to overwater, be mindful not to let the soil completely dry out. Check the moisture level regularly and water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Use room-temperature water to avoid shocking your plants with cold water during Kudlila.


The best moisture monitor is your finger. Poke your finger into the soil. If it comes out clean, then it is time to water. If not, then it is time to sit back and relax.

Mind the Temperature

Indoor plants can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations, and Kudlila’s chilly air can pose a challenge.

  • Keep your plants away from breezes and ensure they are not beside heaters or radiators.
  • Be attentive to any signs of stress, such as yellowing leaves, and adjust their placement accordingly.

Shield Against Dry Air

Indoor heating systems can contribute to dry air, affecting your plant’s well-being.

  • Increase humidity levels around your plants by placing a tray filled with water near them or regularly misting the foliage.
  • Grouping plants together can also create a microclimate with higher humidity.

Prune with Precision

Kudlila is an opportune time to prune your indoor plants.

  • Remove any yellowing or dead leaves to promote better air circulation and reduce the risk of pests.
  • Trimming back leggy growth will encourage compact, bushier plants. However, avoid heavy pruning during the Kudlila months, as this may stress your plants when their growth naturally slows down.

Beware of Pests

Kudlila ‘s colder temperatures may tempt pests to seek refuge indoors, putting your plants at risk.

  • Regularly inspect your plants for common pests like spider mites, aphids, or scale insects.
  • Apply treatment when needed.

Dial Back on Fertilising

During Kudlila, most plants enter a period of dormancy or reduced growth.

  • Adjust your fertilising routine accordingly by decreasing the frequency. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser with a lower nitrogen content to support overall plant health without promoting excessive foliage growth.
  • Reserve major fertilising efforts for the spring when plants are gearing up for their growing season.

Seasonal Plants

Consider incorporating plants that like cooler temperatures into your indoor collection. Poinsettias, Fiddle-Leaf Fig, and Aglaonema can add a touch of colour to your home while thriving in cooler climates.

Your indoor jungle is a rewarding endeavour that ensures the wellbeing of your leafy companions throughout the colder months. So, wrap your plants in the warmth of your care and let your indoor jungle thrive even as Kudlila blankets the world outside.

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