How to prepare your houseplants for the Spring
The spring is one of the most exciting times for a houseplant owner! During the winter, your houseplants have been dormant, and growth has probably been slow. If it’s happening now, you’re lucky!
You’ll see where your plants slowly come back to life when spring arrives. If you didn’t have a lot of growth during spring, get ready for an explosion of growth in the summer. Your houseplants had a rest during the winter and are now getting ready to grow.
What are some of the things that you need to consider when spring comes and you’re taking care of your houseplants? How should you get ready for spring? The following are some great questions, and we’ll answer them and many more in this plant care guide.
Here are the major topics you’ll learn about in this plant care guide:
- When does new growth begin?
- How should your plants be prepared?
- What are the materials you need for your plants?
Prepare your plants and yourself for spring so that you can attain new growth as soon as possible!
When does the new growth start?
In the spring and summer, spring growth is more apparent, but when does this growth actually begin? That’s a terrific question, because spring growth actually begins before the spring. You should expect to see your plants grow around the final weekend of February and the first two weeks of March in the northern hemisphere. In your southern hemisphere, this occurs in the last week in August and the first two weeks of September. During this period, the sun will become stronger and your plants will begin to become more sensitive to it.
How can you prepare your plants?
When you prepare your plants for spring, you need to keep these things in mind:
- You should move your plant to ensure it gets the proper amount of sunlight
- Watering schedules should be adjusted
- Feed your plant with fertilizer
The three items on this list are very important when it comes to preparing your plants for the spring.
Move your plant to give it the right sunlight exposure
It’s possible that you moved your plants closer to the windows during the winter. This is a great way to give your plants extra sunlight in the winter. Because the sunlight is less intense in the winter, your plants do not get enough natural light in their “summer” places.
Now that the sun is getting stronger again, you should move your plants into a darker spot in order to avoid giving them too much exposure to sunlight. In order to get your plant ready for spring, move it to a spot that receives enough sunlight.
Change your watering schedule
During the winter, you’ve probably provided less water to your plants than you would during the summer. I recommend slowing down your watering habits in the winter. You now need to do exactly the opposite: You’ll have to water your houseplants slightly more than you did in the winter.
Water your plants more often in the spring and summer when it’s warmer in your house because they grow much more quickly, so they use more moisture. This can help your plant to stay healthy. If you overwater your plant in the spring and summer, be sure to keep your soil dry. You need to be aware of the soil in the spring and summer.
During the winter, water your plant multiple times more frequently than you did in the spring.
Fertilize your plant
You’ll need to provide extra nutrients to your houseplants during the spring and summer. These seasons are the times when they grow most quickly. Generally speaking, you must fertilize plants during this time if you’re keeping them as cacti or succulents.
Cactus and succulents need nutrients to grow, so fertilize them in March (September in the southern hemisphere). They’ll need these nutrients only during this rare opportunity. The new fertilizer should be applied at the beginning of the summer.
All other plants should have a monthly fertilization since they undergo rapid growth during spring and summer. This will give them plenty of nutrients to grow and thrive.
During spring, it is best not to skip fertilizing your plants, because this is the time of growth for many plants. The autumn and winter are time for resting, but the spring and summer are time for growth, lots of it. To prepare your plant for the spring, fertilize it.
What materials do you need to help your plants?
The spring time is one of the best times when it comes to preparing your plants! You already know about the essentials, but you may need to get a few things before you start. Here is a short list of supplies you might want to get for your plants:
- Some new pots for repotting
- Fresh soil for your plants
- Fertilizer to feed your plants
All of these items are optional, but they are worth getting early on. You will be able to take care of plants when they outgrow the pot they are in. Fresh soil and new pots are great to get early on since you will be ready when the plant needs to expand. Spring and summer are the times when your plants start growing rapidly so you will probably need to repot a few plants.
As we have already noted, you will need to fertilize your plants in spring and summer, so you should get some early on. You can do this with a type of fertilizer.
Getting your plants ready for a 6 month period of growth can be tricky the first time around. This guide had provided tips on what you can do to optimize your houseplants’ performance during the spring and summer. You’ll need to make a few preparations in order to prepare your plants for this new growth. You may also need to move your plants to a different location during the growing months to create a perfect growing environment. In this guide, we covered everything you need to know about houseplant care and the upcoming spring.