Spring Plant Growth Tips

Tips for giving your plants the best growth during spring.
plants being repotted

Spring has sprung and your plants can feel it. As the weather heats up, plants will start their yearly growth spurt which means the care you provide will probably need to change. 

Watering

person holding watering can while watering a plant

As your plants grow faster, they will likely drink more water, especially if they are receiving more sunlight than in the winter. Make it a habit to test the soil more often than during the winter months, especially if your plants are outside. 

Fertilizing

spade with soil for repotting a plant

If you want to allow for the best possible summer growth, you can start adding a bit of fertilizer to the soil. It is usually a good idea to dilute your fertilizer so as not to burn the roots. However this depends on the type used and how much your plant needs.

Repotting

people repotting a plant

The best time to repot is during the warm months as well so keep an eye out on any plants that have outgrown their current pots. Many plants prefer to be root bound so repotting should only be done when the specific plant is ready. And especially make sure not to repot into a container that is more than 1-2” larger in diameter than its current one.

Cleaning

girl cleaning zz plant leaves in living room

Time for a little spring cleaning? Many plants can become dusty or develop water spots over the course of their lives. If left too long, this can actually block the light from reaching the leaves. Now is a great time to clean off any dirty leaves with a soft damp cloth. The best way to do this is by supporting one side of the leaf with one hand and gently wiping the other side with your cloth. Do this for both sides to keep them fresh and clean. 

Moving plants outside

plants sitting on a porch shelf

Here in Texas, houseplants can do really well outdoors too. Most of the popular houseplants are tropical which makes them great for living indoors. However, due to this, many of these plants can’t survive when placed in direct sun but will benefit from the increased light on a covered porch or in a shaded area. If you decide to move your indoor plants outdoors, try to leave them the whole summer. Too many transitions in temperature can stress your plant out. 

Sun lovers

There are plenty of plants that can and do thrive in direct sun. Here are a few of our favorite plants that can enhance that sunny area in your home, on your porch, or in your backyard. If transitioning from indoors, make sure you gradually transition your plants by keeping them in a shaded area or only allowing a couple hours of direct sun daily until they are used to the heat.

pink kalanchoe flowers in pot
Kalanchoe- prefers morning sun; will burn in hot/afternoon sun
sansevieria aka snake plant in pink pot being held
Snake Plant- can survive and thrive at any light level
yucca in living room
Yucca- likes to be in either direct morning or afternoon sun but at least 6 hours of bright light if kept in shade
pony tail palm on table
Ponytail Palm- prefers morning sun; will burn in hot/afternoon sun
pink hibiscus bush
Hibiscus- prefers majority of the day in full sun
2 aloe vera plants being held
Aloe Vera- likes to be in direct sun at least 6 hours per day
jade plant in white pot
Jade Plant- young plants prefer indirect sunlight, well-established plants need 4+ hours of direct sun
Fiddle leaf fig in pot
Fiddle Leaf Fig- likes to be in direct morning or afternoon sun but at least 6 hours of bright light if kept in shade
colorful croton plants
Croton- likes to be in direct sun a majority of the day

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