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Spring Houseplant Care

It's springtime in the Mat Su Valley, and as the days lengthen and the snow begins to melt, it's time to turn our attention to the growing season ahead, both outdoors and in! In this blog, we'll walk you through some of our expert's top houseplant care tips to ensure your indoor garden thrives as we transition into the warmer months ahead.

How Can I Tell if My Houseplants Need Repotting?

Repotting is a crucial aspect of houseplant care, especially as your plants re-emerge from their winter rests and resume their normal growth patterns in the spring, but knowing when exactly to

move your plants into new homes can be tricky. Here are a few tell-tale signs that indicate it's time to repot your plant babies now!

·       Roots protruding from drainage holes: If you notice roots escaping through drainage holes, it's a clear sign that your plant has outgrown its current pot and needs an upgrade. 

·       Circling roots: If you notice roots beginning to circle at the pot's surface, it's a good indication that your plant is root-bound and in need of repotting.

·       Stagnant growth: If your plant's growth has slowed or stagnated, it may be due to cramped roots and insufficient space in its current pot, meaning it would greatly benefit from a larger home where it can stretch its legs!



Choosing the Best Pots

Pots are more than just containers for your plants; they play a vital role in their overall health and well-being. Here are some of our favorite tips to help you choose the best homes for your indoor garden.

  • Prioritize drainage: Make sure the pots you choose have suitable drainage holes to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

  • Think about style: Choose pots that complement your decor style while providing ample space for your plants to grow.

Size matters: Opt for pots that allow for proper root development and room for growth. However, avoid pots that are too large, as excess soil can retain too much moisture. As a general rule, increase the pot size by 1-2" at most when repotting your plants.


Essential Spring Watering Tips to Revitalize Your Houseplants

Proper watering is fundamental to the health and vitality of your houseplants, especially as we move into the spring season. Check out these essential tips to keep your greenery happy and hydrated with our houseplant watering guide for spring:

  • Adjust watering frequency: Spring's increasing daylight and warmer temperatures mean your houseplants will need more water. Check their soil moisture regularly and water whenever the top inch feels dry to the touch.

  • Use the "soak and dry" method: Allow your plants' soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot, and ensure their pots are draining properly to avoid waterlogging. 

  • Watch for signs of overwatering: Yellowing leaves, soggy soil, or wilting are all signs you may be overwatering your plants. Watch closely for these indicators and adjust your watering schedule accordingly to prevent damaging your plants.



Spring Houseplant Feeding Guide

With the growing season in full swing, your houseplants will need a boost of nutrients for their continued growth and vitality. Here's our best spring plant-feeding advice for the Mat Su Valley:  

  • Choose a balanced, complete water-soluble fertilizer with micronutrients specifically formulated for indoor plants.

  • Dilute the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions to prevent root burn.

  • Feed your houseplants biweekly to monthly during the growing season for optimal growth.

  • Incorporate organic fertilizers or compost tea for a natural and gentle approach to feeding your houseplants.

  • Avoid overfeeding, as excess nutrients can lead to salt buildup in the soil and damage your plants' roots.

  • Remember to water your plants thoroughly before and after fertilizing to ensure proper nutrient absorption.



Spring Houseplant Pest Management

Maintaining a pest-free environment is essential for the health and vitality of your spring houseplants. As temperatures rise and daylight increases, pests become more active, posing a threat to your indoor garden. Here's what to do:

  • Inspect your houseplants regularly for signs of pest infestation, including discolored leaves, sticky residue, or tiny insects.

  • Practice prevention by keeping your plants clean and free from debris, which can harbor pests and their eggs.

  • Quarantine new plants before introducing them to your indoor garden to prevent potential pest outbreaks.

  • Use natural remedies like neem oil, insecticidal soap, or diluted rubbing alcohol to treat minor pest problems.

  • Monitor humidity levels and avoid overwatering, as damp conditions can attract pests like fungus gnats and spider mites.

  • Prune affected plant parts and dispose of them properly to prevent pests from spreading to other plants.

  • Clean and disinfect your gardening tools and containers when repotting to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. 

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