The spring awakening of nature concerns not only shrubs on the street and lawns but also your indoor green friends. March is a good time to revise indoor plants and take care of those who have become depressed over the winter. Let us figure out where to start and how not to destroy anyone.
Where to Start the Spring Revision of Plants?
Plants love spring even more than we do. Along with the new season, the growing period begins and your green friends come to life after long cold weather. In the spring, it is worth starting to water plants more often, as the day becomes longer, there is more sun, and along with the temperature, their need for water also grows.
Carefully inspect all your perennial plants and remove everything that has dried out or got sick during the winter period, and surround everything that remains alive with maximum attention. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, do not be afraid to spray those who love it more often.
How to Understand That It Is Time to Replant?
As a rule, large plants need to be replanted after a year and a half, increasing the size of the pot as they grow. If you do this every other spring, it’s easy to remember. Babies can be pleased with a new pot for the first three years in a row, and then you need to check the roots. To provide the plant with fresh nutrients, it is not necessary to transplant it into a new pot every year; it is enough to replace the top of the soil. But those whose roots have crawled out of the drainage holes of the pot will need a new pot.
The most important thing during replanting is to make sure that:
- the roots of the plant are traumatized as little as possible, so as not to stress it, and
- you do not expose the plant to the risk of infection.
How to Choose Soil for Replanting?
Universal soils from garden shops, despite their name, are not always suitable for all plants, but they are suitable for lazy owners. They have all the necessary nutrients, but sometimes, they are not enough for certain types of plants. Therefore, for different groups of plants, it is important to draw up an individual recipe for soil, mixing peat, sand, moss, bark, and other elements in different proportions. This is a rather fascinating process, delving into which, you not only learn a lot but also feel the meditative effect of contact with natural elements. In general, it is really great to prepare the soil yourself.
Do I Need to Rearrange the Plants with Increasing Daylight Hours?
Yes, especially during the period when there are more sunlight and heat. This combo can cause burns and death even in light-loving plants. Try to keep shade-loving plants out of direct light. Keep plants out of drafts: in spring, the weather is especially deceiving.
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