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Think Twice Before Putting Your Indoor Plants Here
Indoor plants can add beauty and freshness to a home, but placing them on a whim can do more harm than good. For the healthiest houseplants, avoid drafty areas and heating vents.
They’re very sensitive to temperature changes and display yellowing and browning leaves when exposed to hot and cold breezes. They also turn leggy and become more prone to disease.
Indoor plants thrive the most between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's essential to insulate them from cold drafts coming from open windows and doors, including patio entries.
Use a blanket to block cold drafts between plants and any windows that turn frosty during the winter. Removing your greens from windowsills during the night may be safer, though.
Too much heat is harmful to indoor plants as well, afflicting plant leaves with sunburn and leading them to become yellow and eventually brown or even burnt to a crisp.
Keep plants away from all heat sources such as stoves, fireplaces, and electronic appliances. Also, avoid heating vents due to their dry air and pathways for spider mites and bugs.