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Advice from Plant Mom: Spring Plant Care Tips

With longer days, more light, and warming temperatures, spring is the time of year when your plants start waking up from winter dormancy and get to growing again! Treat your plants to a spring spruce-up to encourage growth by following these tips from plant mom!

 

tip 1: dust and trim

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

Next, make sure your plant is sending all its renewed spring 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.

tip 2: repot

Spring is a great time to repot your plants. You 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.

tip 3: fertilize

Give your plants a boost by adding fertilizer to your plant. An all-purpose liquid fertilizer is a great method. Follow the instructions on the bottle and dilute to half strength. Apply the fertilizer after the plant is well-watered—never apply fertilizer to a plant with dry soil. Remember, all plants are different, so refer to your care cards for fertilizer application frequency and strength for your specific plants.

tip 4: give your plants a good drink

The dry air of winter can leave your plants very thirsty. 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.

If it feels like the soil of your plant is extremely or completely dried out, it may benefit from watering with the  ‘bottom soak method.’ To soak-water your plant, fill a sink with 2”-4” of water, depending on the size of your plant. Set the plant in the water without the saucer to allow it to soak up water from the bottom drainage hole. Let the plant sit 30-45 minutes or until you notice the top of the dirt has absorbed some moisture. Once your plant is done drinking, drain the sink and allow the plant to sit. Finally, place the plant back on the saucer, making sure there is no standing water.  

tip 5: relocate to better light

The location of the sun changes throughout the seasons, so you may notice the sunlight in your space is different in the spring and summer.  Check the light preference of your plants, and relocate to an appropriate spot if needed.

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