This month, we're teaming up with The Sill to focus on indoor gardens. Always seeking new ways to bridge the gap between plants and people, The Sill inspires us with creative ideas for indoor, windowsill, and near patio gardening. Stay tuned throughout April as The Sill shares more of their abundant knowledge; below, check out some tips for cultivating healthy house and patio plants.
Spring is a great time to up the ante in your plant care routine. To keep house and patio plants looking their best, follow these simple steps:
Most plants benefit from a summer outdoors. Think of it as their summer vacation. If you have an exterior space, move your plants outside around mid-April, or when nighttime temperatures are higher than 50 degrees F. If you have an unexpected cold night, take them indoors.
Once outside, gradually move plants from shade to sunlight; they will burn if moved immediately into direct sunlight. Also, make sure to shelter them from strong winds. Remember: plants need time to acclimate to new environments– check on them frequently in the first few days.
Spring is the best time to repot and prune your plants, before the summer growth season starts. Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. A common misconception: repotting does not necessarily mean putting the plant in a new planter, but rather, changing its soil or potting mix. If you do change planters, try not to go more than 2–3” large than the current pot.