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How to Take Care of Indoor Plants in the Spring?
With the advent of spring, all life awakens and rejoices in the warm sunlight. This applies not only to nature outside the window, but also to indoor plants, which similarly emerge from their state of winter peace and gradually put themselves in order.
In order for this process to pass more quickly, and for houseplants to take root and gain strength before their next period of rest, they need the proper care.
There are a number of procedures that can help improve the conditions for indoor flowers and make them healthier and more beautiful. Each is very simple and require very little time, but every plant, from each green leaf to every magnificent flower, will be very grateful to you for such aid.
Sun and indoor plants
In the spring, the sun begins to warm the earth more strongly, its rays becoming warmer and warmer with each passing day. This would seem beneficial for plants, but isn’t always the case. During the spring period, the angle of incidence of the sun's rays is such that it can damage the leaves of the plant, making them sluggish and lifeless. That's why it is recommended to move pots with flowers deep into the room, and not to leave them on the sunny windowsill.
This applies even to sun-loving plants, which also cannot withstand the sharp increase in temperature. In combination with the heat from the battery under the windowsill, the sun can be very destructive for young shoots.
Pruning of house plants
The most optimal period for pruning indoor plants is spring, since at this time active growth and the formation of new shoots begin. Winter growth often appears weak and thin.
To make room for healthy and strong branches, this weak winter growth needs to be cut off. It is also necessary to promptly get rid of the "living" shoots, which are much larger than the others and consume a lot of energy from the plant. In addition, such sprouts, as a rule, spoil the appearance of plants, which is especially important in decorative species.
However, it is worth remembering that some flowering houseplants produce inflorescences only on fully developed shoots during the winter, so the process of pruning should be approached very individually.
Planting of indoor plants
During a plant’s most optimal growth period, it should be transplanted into a more spacious pot, so that its root system feels comfortable and can fully develop. This promotes the growth and flowering of the plant.
Before the start of the transplantation, store a suitable soil, which should contain minimal amounts of salt in its composition. The optimal option is to purchase form a suitable store a soil rich in fertilizers and suitable for your plant.
The pot into which you will transplant the plant is also quite important. The pot should not be too large, since it can slow down flowering or completely destroy the plant, preventing it from developing fully, taxing the root system with the unnecessary task of filling in the excess space. Too small a pot will also slow the growth of the plant, and will help to form balls from the roots.
Errors in the care of indoor plants
One of the main mistakes made by domestic plant lovers when caring for indoor flowers is incorrect watering. Not all plants need abundant watering, and this should be taken into account if you want to provide your flower with comfortable conditions.
Signs of improper watering are twisted or yellowed leaves, abundant shedding of leaves, constantly waterlogged soil, and large amounts of moist leaves in the drainage holes.
f you notice that the leaves have fallen from your plant, or that they have faded or lost their shine, pay attention to where the flower stands. Most plants are afraid of drafts, therefore it is not recommended to place them near an open window or in an abundantly breezy place, as this can lead not only to the absence of flowering, but also to the complete death of the plant.
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