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Spring Care Tips for Your Thriving Houseplants

Spring is here, and it's an exciting time for houseplant parents! After going dormant in the winter, indoor plants come alive in spring, offering more opportunities for maintenance and enjoyment. Whether you’re repotting or fertilizing, here are some essential tips for taking care of your indoor plants this spring.

A Spring growing indoor plant is being potted up.

Time to Repot Your Houseplants

As temperatures rise, it's the perfect time to repot your houseplants. Choose slightly larger pots to avoid overwhelming the plant roots and refresh the soil with nutrient-rich organic material and good drainage.

Some species prefer being root-bound and may not need repotting. In such cases, simply take out the plant for a little root trimming.

Dust Your Houseplant's Leaves

Leaves may accumulate dust over winter, hindering photosynthesis. Spring is a great time to clean them. Use water and a towel to gently wipe away the debris. For tougher build-ups, add a mild cleanser like dish soap.

While cleaning, check for pests. If you spot any, spray the leaves with water and wipe them with neem oil to keep pests at bay.

A gardener waters thirsty spring growing seedling plants.

Increase Watering Your Houseplants

As the weather warms, your plants will need more water. Generally, water less in cooler months and more in warmer months. Aim to water weekly, checking the soil first. If the top 1-2 inches are dry, it's time to water.

Include Fertilizer in Your Houseplant Routine

Spring is the perfect time to start fertilizing your houseplants. Begin with small amounts to avoid burning the foliage. Follow the directions on your fertilizer, which may need to be diluted. Different fertilizers, from slow-release pellets to liquids, are available. Many plants benefit from weekly feeding, but some only need it once during the growing season. Adding organic material like compost to your soil in spring is also beneficial.

A baby Ficus Elastica Ruby Plant is being pruned to remove unhealthy and dead foliage.

Prune Your Houseplants

Winter can be harsh on indoor plants, causing leaf drop and root rot. In spring, gather your plants and prune them for both aesthetic and practical purposes. Remove fallen leaves and cut away dead foliage to prevent fungus gnats. Pruning also encourages fuller, lusher growth. Be moderate but don't hesitate to remove dead or dying leaves.

Bring Your Houseplants Outside

As temperatures rise, your plants will appreciate extra sunlight and fresh air. If you bring tropical plants outside, ensure they receive partial shade to prevent leaf burn. Succulents and other outdoor plants you brought inside for winter can also benefit from being moved back outside.

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