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Spring Houseplant Care: Three Tips For a Thriving Indoor Jungle

As the days warm up in the spring, your houseplants will start to show signs of growth again. This time of year is crucial to caring for your plants and getting the most out of the growing season. Keep reading to learn about the three vital steps to spring houseplant care.

1. Feed your plants

Why should you fertilise your houseplants?

Houseplants benefit from the extra nutrients they can get from fertiliser. Feeding them helps to boost growth, avoid nutrient deficiency, and encourage flowering. Plants need many types of nutrients to grow, but the vital macronutrients they need are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. These are all found in houseplant food.

How often should you fertilise your houseplants?

During the growing season (spring and summer) you should fertilise your plants roughly once a fortnight. Make sure you’re watering them normally at least once between feedings to avoid the build-up of minerals in the soil.

You shouldn’t be fertilising your houseplants in the winter or autumn. Slowly build up how frequently you feed in the warmer months, starting around March (depending on how cold it is where you live) until you’re fertilising once every two weeks in the summer.

How to fertilise houseplants

There are a few different ways to feed your houseplants. Here are the basics:

1. Slow-release houseplant food can be applied roughly once every three months. It will slowly break down and release its nutrients in small doses over a few months. These tend to be in the form of granules that are mixed into the soil.

2. Liquid fertiliser is the most common houseplant feed, which is applied every two weeks in the summer. These will usually need to be diluted with water; stick to the instructions on the bottle for the concentration you should use. Water the plant thoroughly with the fertiliser mixture and let the excess drain from the bottom of the pot.

3. Granular houseplant feeds tend to be used roughly once a month. Granules are either sprinkled onto the soil or come as ‘spikes’ to be pushed into the soil.

2. Time to trim

Pruning your houseplants is important for healthy growth. It is normal for leaves to die off over time as new leaves grow in. Pruning your plants to remove this dead material helps them use more energy to promote new growth; it also makes them look neat and tidy. You may also want to trim your houseplants to maintain a specific size or shape.

Make sure to use clean tools when pruning your houseplants, and clean them between plants. This reduces the risk of spreading diseases between the fresh wounds you’re creating for your plants.

3. Give your plants a spring clean

Spring cleaning applies to more than just your home – it’s also a key part of spring houseplant care. It’s important to make sure your plants are dust-free so that the leaves can absorb as much light as possible. Light is an important part of photosynthesis, so if your plants get too dusty they won’t be able to make their food as effectively. Click here for some more details about photosynthesis and how plants grow.

To clean your plants, simply wipe down the leaves and stems with a damp cloth or tissue. This will remove dust and give the plants a bit of a humidity boost at the same time.

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Updated on March 19, 2024

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