Spring is here and that means plant growth, colourful flowers and the first fruit. Who doesn’t look forward to picking those first strawberries in June and apples in September? The work of winter to keep the soil tilled and the plants deadheaded was just the beginning. Even in the growing season, plants need plenty of care and attention. This is how you take the best care of your plants in the spring.
Watch the Leaves on Indoor Plants
For many plants, leaf tips turn brown when soil nutrients are insufficient. That means a lack of new growth and for fruit bearing plants – a small or no crop. Plant feed is vital at this time of year due to the growth spurt of the sunshine allowing photosynthesis. Without adequate food, your plant won’t grow and may wilt and die. Most plant foods have specific instructions on how much you need to give a plant. Ensure your indoor plants get enough food at the right time and in sufficient quantity. If it has been a few years since you replaced the soil, it may be a good time to repot with fresh compost.
Keep Them Watered
It should go without saying that there is a world of difference between how to care for plants in the spring and how to care for them in the winter. In the colder months, there is much more rain and the water in the soil does not evaporate or drain as easily or as quickly. This means you can go weeks or months without needing to water your outdoor plants. Your indoor plants also don’t receive as much sunshine. In spring, you should check the soil every day, especially when going weeks without a decent quantity of rain, and top up little and often. The soil should never be soaking, but damp.
Remove Dying Leaves to Promote New Growth
This is required equally for outdoor and indoor plants. Removing dead flowers, leaves and branches help to keep the plant healthy. They will no longer waste energy or try to maintain something that is dying when it is no longer there. This allows the plant to promote new growth, keeping your room or garden looking and smelling nice, and maximising its growth potential. Also, don’t forget to prune your pear, apple, plum and other fruit trees. If they aren’t already blossoming they will probably start in the next few weeks. This is critical growth season; it’s vital that you prune now to ensure you get the maximum crop in the summer/autumn harvesting period.
Put Nets Over New Shoots
Are you fed up with losing your carrot crops within a matter of days of the first shoots appearing? Slugs and snails love carrot leaves and some of our other prized crops and will eat them as soon as they appear. Slug pellets are one potential solution, but to protect the plant from anything and everything that might eat it, you need to cover them up. Simple netting over your pots or bedding will usually achieve this, ensuring you get a good crop for your Sunday roast come harvesting time.
Weeding Now Saves Problems Later
Weeding is an ongoing problem for gardeners throughout spring and summer. Your new plants are bedding in and sending out the first shoots. So are weeds. Some weeds actively kill your plants while others simply take up resources and space, limiting how well your plants will grow. Removing them now while the roots are fragile and easy to dig up will save you from the problems they will cause later on.