April Nourishing Brings May Flourishing
Spring is a special time for lovers of houseplants. It is a time for close care, replanting of old plants and buying new ones.
March: Start fertilizing!
In the middle of March you should start regular nurturing with fertilizers, beginning with little doses. Never add fertilizers to dry substrate or fertilize a plant that doesn’t get enough water. Water it with pure water first. Mix the fertilizer for half the recommended doze. Use special fertilizers for cacti, blooming plants and citruses.
Replace those plants that started to be pressed in a pot and those that have been growing in the same soil for two years. Wait until the end of blooming to replace blooming plants. Replace cacti only in the case that the pot is unstable or has become too small. When replacing young blooming
plants, choose a plot with a little additional space. An adult plant can be left in an old pot.
Begonia, mimosa and cacti should be reproduced in a warm place. Try to plant seeds from exotic fruit plants. Use a spray when watering seeds as to not disturb them.
April: Protect plants form the bright sun!
The sun becomes brighter and hotter, so plants start to grow more intensively. Be attentive: sunbeams coming through a window can burn plants! Plants that don’t need a lot of light should be moved away from windows.
Buy new plants!
Flower and plant stores get more plants by April and it is a perfect time to buy some new flowers. You should try little surface plants; for example, ivy to cover the sides of pots used for growing large plants: fichus, yucca or a palm.
Intensify everyday care!
Intensify watering. The water should not stay in a tub. Pour the water out half an hour after watering. Begin regular fertilization with liquid fertilizer after every second or third watering. It is usually enough to fertilize palms once every three weeks. Use special fertilizer for citrus plants that are rich in potassium to stimulate blooming and growth of fruit. Once a month sweep wipe bright leaves with a wet sponge because they quickly become dusty. The same wet sponge can easily remove white spots on the leaves. Remove any yellow leaves and weak offspring and consider replanting. Watch for pests that are increasing in number this time of year. If you have already found some of them, immediately spray the plants with a prepared pesticide. Pay special attention to the leaves. Use replanting to wash a tub with a little amount of a special substance. It is time to clamp the tops of young plants so they will give side offspring and make plants visually bigger.
Renew yucca by cutting the stick quite low, right above the place where the fallen leaves have been attached. Renew by using airside sets fichus or yucca. Set supports or nets for curling plans. Pay special attention to seedlings! Don’t clamp seedlings planted in March until they reach the height of two inches. Be careful not to break the fragile branches.
And again reproducing!
Put strong young branches of balsamine, trandescanciya, papyrus, lotus and others in water. Never leave branches in the bright sun because the will quickly dry up. Cactus and succulents’ branches are dried several days.
In order to create a small garden in a bottle, buy young green plants, which thrive in a humid atmosphere, such as miniature ferns or fichus.
Moving plants to terrace!
It is time to move plants that need warmth to a terrace or in a garden where they will stand until fall. It might be too early to move large green plants to terraces from rooms and greenhouses. Wait until the middle of the next month to do this.
May: Choosing new houseplants!
May is hibiscus time. Choose a plant with few bloomed flowers so you know the color of the flower. Hibiscus should be branchy, with shiny leaves and lots of flower buds. If there is not enough light you might be interested in buying spatifillum that does not require demanding light conditions.
Replant large blooming plants as soon as they finish blossoming. Replant bocarnea in a shallow tub so it doesn’t turn over. It is better to use clay pots for replanting secculents because they are more porous and natural than plastic ones. Water plants, but the substrate should have enough time to dry for 2-2.5 inches in the pauses between watering. Take the offspring from an excessively tall cactus but wait until the cut heals.
Attention to flower compositions!
Renew or change flower compositions if some of the plants have faded and others look too massive. Change the substrate and replant large plants to separate pots and instead plant new flowers.
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