Keep Your Houseplants Looking Awesome With A Spring Checkup

Spring is here and it's time to start preparing for your garden. There are different ways to garden, and that includes taking care of our houseplants. The change of season affects tasks and the care we need to give to our plants.  Here are 7 tips to make the most of the spring season for your houseplants.

  1. Light Changes – Indoor plants are a great way to add life to your house, but they can also be a little tricky. One thing that you'll need to be aware of is the amount of light that your plant will need. With seasonal changes, the direction and angle of the light will change. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the strength of the light and the duration increases this time of year. This is a great time to review the location of your plant. With a stronger sun, you might have to move your plant further away from a window or add a sheer drape.
  2. Increase Watering Of Plants – Plants need more water in spring because the days are longer, and it receives more light. This will help your plant grow bigger; faster. Water your plant in the early morning or evening so it does not evaporate. If your plant is in full sun, consider adding some rocks to the top of the soil to help retain moisture.
  3. Trim Your Plants – Spring is a great time to rejuvenate your plants.  This can include trimming away discolored foliage and dead or lackluster plant material.  This is also an opportunity to prune which helps the plant look better. Spring is a good time to help your plant focus on growing new foliage.  
  4. Feed Your Plants – Fertilizer for your plant is not food but rather a vitamin. Your plant is waking up from a dormant or slow growth period of winter and fertilizer will encourage new and healthy growth by adding nutrients the soil has lost.  It is best to fertilize your plants sparingly and don’t fertilize plants in low light.
  5. Repotting – A plant is ready to be repotted when you see the roots growing through the drainage hole or topsoil. Other times to consider repotting are when the plant starts leaning or topples over, the plant growth has slowed down, or when it dries out quickly. Fresh soil will have the nutrients your plant might be missing.  If you do repot, you do not need to fertilize right away.
  6. Give Your Plants A Spring Cleaning - Dusting or bathing your plants, will clean up the leaves, which helps with photosynthesis.  Your plant might have dust, sap, or a calcium buildup, so use a soft cloth and natural, gentle soap to clean it up.
  7. Move Your Plants Outdoors – Depending on where you live, it is nice to get your plants outdoors. If you do this the outdoor temperatures need to be consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the evening.  Make sure the lighting is correct for your particular plant when you bring it outdoors. Check your weather conditions and protect the plant from strong winds and rain. Your pots need to have drainage holes, so the plant is not sitting in water if it rains.  The plant will also need to be monitored for pests.

Our final tip is to enjoy your plants as they grow and react to your TLC!

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