Indoor plants are a great addition to any home. Not only do they brighten up your space, studies have shown that indoor plants improve your concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and boost your mood. Spring’s the perfect time to give them some TLC, so if you’re caring for house plants, this guide will provide you with everything you need to get your green friends to thrive.
1. Your Plants are Hungry – Feed Them
As the weather warms up, give your plants an extra boost. We suggest feeding them using a liquid fertilizer like Seasol. Just be sure to always dilute your fertilisers a bit more than recommended on the package instructions.
Spring’s the perfect time to repot your houseplants so they’ve got more room to grow. As they awake from their Winter sleep, they produce new growth for the first time in months. Assess your plants and decide if they need to be re-potted or kept in the same pot after a freshen up (root pruning and adding fresh soil). Most plants prefer to be kept slightly root bound so make sure you don’t re-plant into a pot that’s too big. Keep it snug, but comfy.
3. Trim and Prune
Many houseplants we enjoy originate from warm, tropical climates which is why their growth slows down during the cooler months. Now is the ideal time to get rid of any leaves that are yellow, brown or wilting by giving your plant a trim. When pruning, make sure you cut off any stems that’ve grown too long, or haven’t produced much growth. Don’t worry, new stems will grow in their place
If you notice some of your plants getting too long or tall, just cut them below a root stem and propagate them into a jar of water, you’ll have a new plant growing in no time!
4. Spring Clean
Just like your home, your plants need some spring-cleaning TLC. Dust can accumulate on the leaves and block much-needed light for photosynthesis and respiration. To clean, support the underside of the leaf with your palm, then wipe both sides of the leaf with a soft cloth or damp paper towel. Looking for a short cut? Put your plants in the shower under light pressure with tepid water.
Got any house plant care tips and tricks? We’d love to hear them!
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