Spring is in the air and I'm here for it! Winter is a season of hibernation for almost every living-being including people... and plants. Fortunately, the hibernation season is coming to an end and humans, animals, and plants are starting to wake up as the days are starting to grow longer. New life will begin sprouting up as your house plants wake up and there are some things you can do to help foster your plant during this period to help it see it reach its maximum potential.
Here’s a few spring indoor plant care tips that can help foster it's new potential:
1. Re-Pot or Pot Up
As your plant friends are waking up from their beauty sleep, they're going to want to stretch their roots and arms out for the first time in months. Re-potting or potting up (moving your plant in to a larger pot) can help give your plant the space it needs to really start growing. This is a great opportunity to give your plant some new, nutrient rich soil as well.
2. Prune and Trim
Along with repotting and potting-up, you're going to want to make sure you prune and trim your plant to get rid of any unhealthy leaves or stems. While it may seem counterintuitive to cut off parts of your plant, consider unhealthy leaves or stems like an infection for the plant; the sooner you can cut off the infection, the less likely it is to ruin the entire plant. It also helps generate new growth, the energy that goes in to repairing damaged leaves and stems can now go in to new growth. You might notice your plant come back to life and get even more full than before.
3. Give it some extra food
Imagine waking up from a 3-5 month hibernation period. I know if I did, the first thing I would be craving is food. The craving is not necessarily for the taste of food, but the rich nutrients my body needs in order for me to operate at maximum capacity. Your plants are the exact same way. They've been hibernating and are now waking up from their slumber, so give them a bit of nutrient rich fertilizer along with your filtered water. Always err on the side of less when giving a plant fertilizer as too much can kill it, and make sure it's organic too!
4. Dust and Clean Your Leaves
This should be something you do fairly regularly as dusty leaves can foster growth for different types of mites and bugs, but if you haven't done it in a while, now is the perfect time. Dust settles naturally from surrounding elements (including humans), but it can prohibit the sun from creating photosynthesis in plants. To clean your leaves, support the underside of the leaf while you take a damp paper towel and run it softly across the top of the leaf. You will be able to see how dirty the plant leaf actually is and your plant will be thankful you provided an opportunity for it to get more sunlight.
5. Assess and Adjust Your Plants Light Situation
During the winter, the fengshui of your house may have taken a bit of a hit to accommodate for the lack of light entering in your living quarters. Now that the sun is shining a little bit stronger, a little bit longer, and a little bit more powerful it's time to assess and adjust your plants light situation. We moved one of our Monstera's close to the window during the winter months because it was in a very low-light position during the winter months, but as the Earth rotates on it's axis, the sun starts to shine for longer and reach different areas of your space. A couple of our Monstera leaves were turning yellow over the last couple of weeks and it's because it's getting too much light now where it's located. It's time for us to move it back to its old spot where it got the appropriate amount of light. Each plant requires it's own light schedule, so make sure you refer to our Plant Care section if you don't know your plants light and watering requirements!