Seasonal Plant Care: Spring

With longer days, more light, and warmer temperatures, Spring is the time of year when your houseplants finally start waking up from dormancy and begin growing again. Treat your plants to a little “Spring cleaning” to stimulate growth and get them perked up again.

Dust tends to accumulate over the Winter months, creating a breeding ground for spiders, mites, and other pests who love to hide in the dust and dirt. Wipe your plants’ leaves with a damp cloth to remove any dust that has settled on them. Another way to rid your plants of unwanted dust is to put your plant in the shower, tub, or sink and gently spray its leaves with lukewarm water. This will help the leaves absorb more oxygen and sunshine.

Next, make sure your plant is sending all its energy to the healthiest leaves by removing any dead or yellowing leaves with a pair of clean, sharp scissors. Yellow and brown crispy leaves will not turn green again, so feel free to chop those parts right off!

You should repot when your plant has outgrown its current pot, its roots are crowded, or you simply want to switch up the look with a new pot. Spring is an excellent time to assess if its time to repot or not.

Give your plants a Springtime boost by adding fertilizer to their soil. An all-purpose liquid fertilizer is a great method. Follow the instructions on the bottle and apply the fertilizer to well-watered, damp soil.

Winter’s dry air can leave your plants parched. Press your finger down into the soil to gauge the moisture level. If the top 1-2” of soil is dry, water until it drips from the pot into the saucer. Be sure to discard any water left in the saucer after the pot is done dripping. If water is left behind in the saucer, this can lead to root rot, which can kill your plant.

The location of the sun changes throughout the seasons, so you may notice the sunlight in your home is different throughout the seasons. Relocate your plants to an appropriate spot, if needed.

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