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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Are you ready to give your house plants the love and care they deserve this spring? It’s that time of year again where we shed our winter blues and embrace the sunshine and fresh air of a new season. And what better way to welcome the change than by spring cleaning for your plant babies? In this episode, we’ve got you covered with a checklist of things to do to set your plants up for success this season, while also cultivating joy and mindfulness in the process!
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
With the change in daylight, your plants’ care needs will change as well. More light equals more photosynthesis, which means your plants will need more water as they grow. To ensure they’re set up for success, you’ll want to:
With warmer weather, it’s important to pay attention to your temperatures to prevent your plants from being shocked. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
It’s totally normal for your plants to get yellow or brown leaves in the winter, as they go into a state of quiescence. Take this opportunity to check in with your whole plant collection and:
Nature has unlimited nutrients, but houseplants are limited to a pot, so they need fresh soil to take up fresh nutrients. What are some signs to look out for when it’s time to refresh your plant’s soil?
Roots are potbound: Roots grow in the shape of the pot, indicating they need more space and nutrients; gently shake off old soil and repot with fresh potting mix in a slightly larger container.
While the rule of thumb is to fertilize in the spring and summer and not in the winter, it’s important to remember that if your plant is growing, you should be fertilizing. So if your plant is growing in the winter, go ahead and fertilize it!
There are various ways to fertilize your plants, but one of the easiest ways is to use a liquid houseplant fertilizer like Espoma. Simply add it to your watering can and water your plants as you normally would.
Remember, when using normal fertilizers geared for outdoor plants, you need to dilute it by half, as houseplants are more sensitive and require less fertilizer.
If you’re considering moving your plants outside, here are things you need to think about before doing so:
Take spring cleaning as an opportunity to evaluate your plant collection. Get rid of plants you’re not loving, and make space for new ones. Make plans for upcoming houseplant projects.
This is also a great opportunity to reflect on your life while you’re doing these tasks. What dead or yellowing leaves in your life can get pruned away? What area of your life is stagnant or covered with dust and needs good washing? Are you fully hydrated and satiated, with the literal or figurative nutrients your body and soul need?
Happy spring cleaning!
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