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Spring Greens Plant Care Guide

11 March 2020

How to help your house plants thrive this spring.

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As the seasons change, you might have noticed that some of your house plants are looking a little worse for wear. There are a number of reasons for this but, primarily, most plants don’t like winter. Winter can be cold and dark – two things that house plants are not overly keen on. Fortunately, spring is here to save the day and we’ve got some great advice on how to make the most of it.

At Tom Raffield, we believe that filling your home with house plants is an amazing way of connecting with nature and improving your wellbeing.

1. Repot / Pot up

Spring is a great time to repot houseplants. Repotting is important for keeping plants healthy, as replacing the soil helps supply the plant with new nutrients and cleaning the pots can help get rid of any diseases from the old soil.

If you're plant is showing signs that it has outgrown its pot, such as roots growing in circles or out of the bottom of the pot, then it might be time to up-size. Move your plant to a bigger pot to allow it to thrive this spring.

Houseplants typically need repotting every 12-18 months, but there are some telltale signs to look out for if your plant is in need of rehousing.
If water runs straight through the soil without absorbing, it could be a sign that your plant needs repotting.

2. Feed / Fertilise

As spring comes around, your plants need to be fed nutrients again to stay healthy. Not feeding your plants could result in leaves browning, drooping and dropping off, so its important to know what to do.

Roots in garden plants can spread through the soil to find nutrients, but potted houseplants are reliant upon you for the minerals they need so fertiliser is of the utmost importance. Fertiliser comes in many forms, from pellets to liquid or mixed with compost, so choose which one is right for your plant. Organic feeds are not only better for the environment – they also encourage soil bacteria, which helps to keep soil healthy. 

Establish a routine with your feeding (every two to four weeks is a good place to start, depending on the species and condition of your plant) and stick to it throughout the season.

Morvah Wall Hanging Planter
Our Morvah Wall Hanging Planter breathes life into this stylish kitchen.

3. Water your plants

Watering can be a tricky business. Too much? Too little? It can be easy to do the wrong thing and over or under-watering your plants can have disastrous consequences. Too much water can kill plants like succulents, while too little will affect the growth and health of some plants.

Plants need more water in spring than through the winter, as this is when they grow the most. Increase your watering according to your plants' specific needs, but be careful not to overwater!

Plants can be very sensitive to the amount of water they receive. Watch out for drooping leaves or dry soil - signs that your plant needs a drink!
A trio of our Morvah Ceiling Hanging Planters at our RHS Chelsea Flower Show stand in 2019.

4. Prune

One of the most important things to do for your plants as spring comes around is to prune. Getting rid of dead or dying leaves encourages new growth and helps keep your plant free of disease. Make sure you also clear dead leaves from the soil, as this also helps prevent disease and pests.

Plants are not only beneficial for your health, but are also a great way to bring colour and organic shapes into your space. Many interior designers now use plants as a key decorative part of their interiors.
Morvah Wall Hanging Planters - a steam bent piece of solid oak loops around and embraces a hand-glazed earthenware bowl creating a unique, wall hanging planter.

5. Spring clean

To prepare your plants for their growing season, it's a great idea to give them a spring clean. Dusting and cleaning the leaves not only makes the plant look nicer, but it also unblocks the pores in the leaves, helps it to breathe and helps it photosynthesise. 

Spray your plants with water or clean with a damp cloth to remove dust. Taking your plants outside to give them a shower in the rain is also a great way to clean them. Just make sure to bring them out of direct sunlight when the rain stops, or the leaves could get scorched.

Posted: 11.03.20
Updated: 15.04.21

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