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How to prepare your houseplants for the Spring

Spring is one of the most exciting times for a plant owner! During the winter, your houseplants have been dormant and you probably didn't see a lot of growth. If you did, consider yourself lucky!

When spring comes, your plants are slowly coming back to live. If you didn't have a lot of growth during the winter, get ready for an explosion of growth during the spring. Your houseplants were resting during the winter and are getting ready to grow again.

Are there any things you need to think about when spring is coming up and you're taking care of your houseplants? What is the best way to prepare for spring? These are some great questions and we're going to answer these and more in this plant care guide.

These are the main topics we're going to cover in this plant care guide:

  1. When does the new growth start?
  2. How can you prepare your plants?
  3. What materials do you need to help your plants?

Let's get you and your plants prepared for the spring, so you can get the new growth as quickly as possible!

When does the new growth start?

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Your plants grow more quickly in the spring and summer, but when does this growth really start? That's a great question, because it actually starts slightly before the spring. Generally, in the northern hemisphere, your plants will start to grow around the last week of February and the first 2 weeks of March. If you're in the southern hemisphere, this will be around the last week of august and the first 2 weeks of September. During this time, the sun will start to become stronger and your plants will be the first to notice.

How can you prepare your plants?

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When you're preparing your plants from the spring, you have to think about a few things:

  • Move your plant to give it the right sunlight exposure
  • Change your watering schedule
  • Fertilize your plant

These 3 things are very important when it comes to preparing your plant for the spring.

Move your plant to give it the right sunlight exposure

If you've had your plants during the whole winter, you might have moved them closer to the windows. This is a great way to give your plants some extra sunlight during the winter. In the winter the sunlight is less bright, so your plants often don't get enough sunlight in their "summer" place. Now that the sun is getting stronger again, you'll need to move your plants back to a darker spot. You do this to avoid giving them too much sunlight exposure.

To prepare your plant for the spring, move it to a spot where it gets the sunlight it needs.

Change your watering schedule

During the winter, you've probably watered your plant less than you would in the summer. In Watering your houseplants in the winter, I recommended that you slow down your watering habits in the winter. Now you'll need to do the exact opposite: You'll need to water your houseplants slightly more than you did in the winter.

During the spring and the summer, it's warmer in your house and your plant grows much faster, so it uses more moisture. You can help your plant to stay healthy during this time by watering it a little more often. You'll still need to pay close attention to the soil and make sure it's dry. You can still over water your plant in the spring and summer.

To prepare your plant for the spring, water your plant more often than you did during the winter.

Fertilize your plant

The spring and the summer are the growing season for your houseplants. This means that you'll need to help your plant by giving them extra nutrients to grow. For many plants, including cacti and succulents, this is the only time of year you'll need to fertilize them.

At the beginning of Match (of September in the southern hemisphere), fertilize all of your cacti and succulents. They'll need these nutrients to grow during the only time they can. You should fertilize them once more at the beginning of the summer.

For all other plants, fertilize them once per month during the spring and summer. This will give them plenty of nutrients to grow and thrive during this time.

It's best not to skip fertilizing your plants in the spring, because for many plants, this is prime time for their growth. The autumn and winter are for resting, but the spring and summer are for growth, and lots of it.

To prepare your plant for the spring, fertilize it.

What materials do you need to help your plants?

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You now know how to prepare your plants for the spring! You already know the essentials, but there are some things you might need to get to make it easier for you. This is a short list of things you might want to get for your plants:

  • Some new pots for repotting
  • Fresh soil for your plants
  • Fertilizer to feed your plants

These are all optional to taking care of plants in the spring, but it helps to get these early on. The fresh soil and new pots are a great thing to get earlier on, because you'll be prepared for when your plant has outgrown its current pot. When you plants start growing quickly in the spring and summer, you'll probably have to repot at least a few plants.

As we've discovered earlier, you'll need to feed your plants during the spring and summer. It's good to make it easier on yourself and get some type of fertilizer early on.


Spring is coming! Preparing your plants for 6 months of growth can be difficult the first time around. This guide is here to help you make the most of the spring and summer for your houseplants. There are a few things you'll need to do to prepare yourself and your plants for this new growth. You might also need to move your plant to a different environment during the growing months to make it a perfect growing environment. In this guide, we went over everything you need to think about when it comes to your houseplants and the upcoming spring.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

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Posted on: Mar 20, 2021 Last updated on: May 30, 2021

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Frequently asked questions

When does my houseplant start growing in the spring?
Your houseplant starts growing around the beginning of March for the northern hemisphere and the beginning of September for the southern hemisphere.
Do I need to fertilize my houseplant in the spring?
If you want your plant to start growing while staying healthy and beautiful, you'll need to fertilize it. During the winter it hasn't been fertilize and it will need nutrients to start growing again.
Do you need to change the placement of a houseplant in the spring?
You will most likely need to change the placement of your houseplant in the spring. During the winter, the sunlight wasn't as strong, but that's changing in the spring. To prevent sunburns and too much light, you might need to move your houseplant to a darker place.
Do you need to water your houseplant more in the spring?
You will need to water your houseplant more during the spring. It's getting warmer and your plant is growing much quickly, so it needs more moisture than in the autumn and winter.

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