Top tips on caring for your plants this Spring
Each season that passes by requires subtle changes in the way we care for our indoor gardens. Want to know what to look for as the warmer weather approaches? Our plant guru Claire Greenhill shares her top tips for looking after your indoor plants this Spring.
1. Shake up your watering routine
Your plants will need more water as temperatures heat up and daylight hours increase.
To test if your plant needs watering, feel the soil by pushing your finger down into the soil up to your middle knuckle and lift the pot to test for heaviness. If the soil feels dry and the pot feels lighter than when you previously watered it is time to give your plant a big drink.
The plants in your home will all have different watering needs, depending on their size, species position and potting medium so avoid set watering schedules, always look at the plant, feel the soil and lift the pot to judge whether your plant need a drink.
2. Accomodate for sneaky light changes
As the weather changes so will the position of the sun. Watch the movent of the sun during the day in your home. You may need to move some of your plant family to accommodate these seasonal changes.
They may need to move closer to the window, or more likely move away as not to burn the leaves.
3. Show them some love
As the weather warms it is a great time to give your plants a feed. Liquid fertiliser is absorbed at a much faster rate than granular fertiliser, so is great for giving your plants a boost and supporting that lovely spring growth.
You can feed your indoor plants as often as every two weeks but I find four times a year sufficient: when it warms up in Spring, the middle of Summer, Autumn and then just before it cools down. Always follow the manufacturers dilution instructions - stronger is not better!
4. Watch for bugs
Bugs enjoy the fresh new growth that Spring brings, so check your plant for insects thoroughly - the fronts and backs of the leaves, stems and into all the little junctions.
As well as bugs themselves look for sticky residue, webs and fluffy egg cases.
If you see evidence of bugs, quarantine your plant, remove the worst affected foliage, wipe or gently wash away any insects and then treat using horticultural oil or insecticidal soap following the manufacturer's instructions.
Note: for some species, including plants with parallel veins oil treatments can damage foliage, in these instances, remove insects by wiping or washing them away.
This class is designed to help you spot and remedy common problems, plus you can send a photograph of your ailing plants and we'll address your issue on the big screen during the workshop. Tickets are only $10 + you get 10% off plants on the day.
Photo by Rae Fallon