Spring Plant Care Guide | Chalet Boutique

Spring Plant Care

Spring is the time where plants need a little more time and attention. It is the start of the growing season when your plants wake up after winter.
Here are a few tips:

Watering indoor plantsWatering
It's best to water on an as-needed basis. Generally, most house plants thrive in well-draining soil, in an appropriate size container and need to be watered when the top 3-4 cm of soil feels dry. But, all plants vary in their need for water.
Overwatering is one of the most common causes of houseplant death. If you're not sure how much to water, it's better to err on the dry side than to give your plants too much moisture.

Fertilising Plants
It depends on the plant's growth rate and age. Most houseplants put on a growth spurt in spring and summer, so this is the best time to fertilise them. Follow label directions to know how much plant food to use.
Like overwatering, it's important to avoid over fertilising your houseplants. Too much fertiliser can burn their roots and stunt their growth.
For flowering varieties, use a fertiliser in which has equal levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If the nitrogen content is too high, the plant may grow many leaves but few flowers.

Repotting Plants
Check the root systems. If the roots are circling the inside of the container, it may be time to repot the plant. If the plant has outgrown its pot, you can transplant it into a slightly larger container.
Spring and Summer are the best seasons for repotting your houseplants. Repotting does not necessarily mean putting the plant in a new planter, but rather changing its soil or potting mix.

Cleaning Leaves Washing plants
Cleaning Leaves
Dust collects on leaves, so wash them with a gentle shower of room-temperature water or dust them with a soft brush if the plants have hairy leaves (which can hold onto moisture and encourage disease).
For plants with smooth leaves, you can also use a cloth to gently wipe away any dust that collects on leaves. Not only does this improve your plant's appearance, but it'll actually help it to soak up more light and air.

Light for plants
Plants that aren't suited for direct sun should only receive indirect light to avoid leaf scorch. If you look out from the plant's view and see the sun in line with your plant's "vision," then this would be considered direct sunlight.
Indirect light is ambient light emitting from the plant's view of the sky without directly seeing the sun. Rotate plants weekly if they begin stretching toward the light source.

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