Spring Care Tips for Houseplants
The weather is finally getting warmer, and the days are getting longer, which means your plants (probably much like you) are coming out of that funky winter mood. With sunshine abound, your plants will begin to grow more than they have in the past months. In this post, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the tasks you can do now that the weather’s nicer to keep your plants at their happiest.
If you don’t already do this periodically, now’s a great time to gently wipe down the leaves of all your plants with a damp washcloth or towel. Wiping clears the pores on the leaves from dust and other debris, making your plants look and feel a lot healthier. In general, it’s not a bad idea to do this every couple of months or so, but it’s most important during the spring time to ensure your plant gets to take in all of that extra sunlight.
Fertilizer is a lot like supplemental nutrients for a plant, meaning that while it’s not wholly necessary to fertilize, a little goes a long way in giving your plants the most they can get out of the growing season. It’s best to fertilize your plants during spring and summer when they’ll be producing the most growth of the year, unlike during fall and winter, when it does more harm than good to fertilize, as plants will barely be growing due to the lack in natural light. Much like watering, it’s always best to under-fertilize than over-fertilize. Too many nutrients, and your plant will experience what is called fertilizer burn, which scorches the leaves and damages the roots. When in doubt, it’s best to heavily dilute the fertilizer with water.
Keep in mind that if your plant has been freshly repotted, it’s best to wait a few months to fertilize, as the new soil already contains a lot of nutrients necessary for your plant.
Take a Vacation
One of the best parts of spring and summer for houseplants is that sun-lovers like succulents and cacti can take a mini vacation outdoors. As long as the temperatures remain in the mid 60s at nighttime, it’s safe to bring your plants outside. It’s most important to slowly acclimate your plants to being outside; spending the colder half of the year indoors makes them especially susceptible to the sun’s rays, much like us. Put your plant outside for half an hour or so at first, and slowly work your way to longer periods of time. Within a few days of acclimating them, your plants will be able to withstand being outdoors for spring and summer. If your container doesn’t have a drainage hole, be sure to place them somewhere they won’t get rained on to avoid water-logging your plant.
Spring and summer months are a great time to repot any plants that may need it. As a general rule of thumb, it’s usually best to find a container that’s about two inches larger in diameter than your current one. If your plant hasn’t outgrown it’s container, it’s also never a bad idea to change out the soil every so often — about once every year or two is enough to maintain a healthy plant.
If you have any questions about fertilizing, repotting, moving your plants outside, or anything else, feel free to ask down below!