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  • Writer's pictureRachel Barnack

3 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Houseplants!

Updated: Mar 16

Congratulations! You made it to March, Friend! As the winter frost melts away and the vibrant colors of spring begin to emerge, now is the perfect time to give your indoor jungle some much-needed TLC. Because just like us, our leafy companions benefit from a little spring cleaning to allow us to feel rejuvenated and thrive in the warmer months ahead. So here are three key tips to ensure your houseplants are ready to flourish this spring!

  1. Inspect and Prune with Care:

Spring is the ideal time to assess the health of your houseplants after the dormant winter season. Begin by carefully inspecting each plant for signs of pests, diseases, or any other issues that may have cropped up during the colder months. Look for yellowing leaves, brown spots, or drooping stems, as these could indicate underlying problems. Once you've identified any issues, it's time to prune away the dead or damaged growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to make precise cuts just above a leaf node or bud. Removing dead or diseased foliage not only improves the appearance of your plants but also promotes new growth and prevents the spread of pests and diseases. Additionally, take this opportunity to trim back any leggy or overgrown branches to encourage a bushier, more compact growth habit. Remember to research the specific pruning needs of each plant species, as some may require different techniques or timing.

2. Refresh Potting Mix and Repot as Needed:

Over time, the potting mix in your houseplant containers can become compacted, depleted of nutrients, and prone to water logging. Spring is the perfect time to refresh the potting mix and, if necessary, repot your plants into larger containers. Start by carefully removing the plant from its current pot and gently shaking off excess soil from the roots. Inspect the roots for any signs of overcrowding, such as circling or coiling around the root ball. If the roots are tightly packed, it's time to repot into a slightly larger container to provide room for growth! Choose a high-quality potting mix formulated specifically for indoor plants, ensuring it provides adequate drainage and aeration (Our favorite is the SOL soils). It's also a good idea to mix in some compost or slow-release fertilizer to replenish nutrients and support healthy growth throughout the new growing season. Carefully fill in around the roots with fresh potting mix and water thoroughly after repotting to allow the plant to settle into its new home before resuming regular care.

3. Dust and Clean Leaves: Dust and grime can accumulate on the leaves of houseplants, reducing their ability to photosynthesize and potentially attracting pests. Regularly dusting and cleaning the foliage not only enhances the appearance of your plants but also promotes better air

wiping off plant leaves

circulation and nutrient absorption.To dust your houseplants, gently wipe the leaves with a soft, damp cloth or sponge to remove any accumulated dust and debris. For larger plants or those with intricate foliage, you can also use a handheld vacuum or a soft brush to gently brush away dust from the leaves.For a deeper clean, consider giving your plants a gentle shower or bath. Place them in the sink or shower and allow lukewarm water to run over the foliage, washing away dust and grime. Avoid using cold water or harsh chemicals, as these can shock or damage the plant. After cleaning, allow the foliage to air dry before returning the plants to their usual location. Regularly dusting and cleaning your houseplants not only keeps them looking their best, but also promotes overall plant health and vitality!

As we welcome the arrival of spring, take the time to show your houseplants some love with these essential spring cleaning tips. By inspecting and pruning with care, refreshing potting mix, and dusting and cleaning leaves, you'll help your leafy companions thrive and flourish in the warmer months ahead. With a little attention to detail, your indoor jungle will be bursting with vitality and beauty all season long.

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