01 HELLO SPRING!
This beautiful warmer weather means that plants are starting to wake up and starting to stretch their roots again, ready for a season of growth after a dormant winter period. So, you'll soon be seeing all of your favourite plant species back in our botanical emporium, like hoya, fiddle leaf figs and luscious trailing Devil's Ivy. Spring also means it's time to give your plants a little TLC. Just like us, plants need a little prep after their long slumber to help them get back to their best.
02 WATER; HOW MUCH, AND WHEN?
As your plants start to grow and rejuvenate, they'll use up more water. On top of this, warmer weather means that water will evaporate from your soil at a faster rate than it did in the cooler months. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule by watering more regularly.
Be careful not to kill your plant with kindness. Overwatering is the most common affliction that plants face. A change of season doesn't mean that plants need more water day-to-day, just that your usual waters will get closer together (i.e. from about once every two weeks in winter, to every week in summer). To make sure you're on the right track, just follow the golden rule: wait until the top three centimetres of soil are dry before watering.
Of course all plants have their own 'personalities'! Notable exceptions to the '3 cm rule' include Mother in-Laws Tongue, cacti and succulents, which all like their soil kept drier for longer. On the flip side we have ferns and palms, which like their soil kept moist throughout spring and summer (no drying out between waters!).
03 FOOD FOR PLANTS
Plants love a boost of energy to help them grow over spring and summer. Feed your plants an organic fertiliser throughout the season and they'll thank you for it with healthy, new growth! Again, be careful not to over do it, as you can easily burn the roots of your plants if you feed it too regularly, or don't dilute the solution enough. But don't stress! A quick google of your plant's species will let you know which fertiliser to use, how much it needs and how often!
As your plant starts to grow more quickly, you'll notice it needs a little elevation to give it more room to branch out - especially when it comes to Devils Ivy, hoya and heart leaf philodendrons. Plant stands, shelves and plant hangers can display cascading plants to maximum effect.
04 TO RE-POT OR TOP-UP?
If you want your plant to really do its thing, consider repotting or potting-up. Repotting means that you're using the same pot, just replacing old soil with new and giving your plant a little root trim. This is the equivalent of a spring clean for plants, making its home a better place to be!
Potting-up means popping your plant into a bigger pot, giving its roots more room so your plant can grow. Remember to only go up one pot size at a time.
05 PRUNE & TRIM
Most indoor plants aren't a fan of winter and it's natural that they come out the other side looking a little worse for wear. Give your plant a spring makeover by trimming any yellow and brown leaves, so it can focus its energy on lush new ones, and prune any leggy vines or branches (don't worry, they'll grow back).