Spring is just around the corner. If you have potted plants that you either brought inside or prepped to withstand winter conditions outside, it is time to start thinking about preparing them for spring.
Here are six tips to begin to prepare your potted plants for spring:
Time It Right
Just because the days are warmer doesn’t mean that the nights are. If nighttime temperatures dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to leave your plant indoors at night. During warmer days, acclimate your plants by gradually introducing them to the outdoors.
Remember that each plant is different and will require different lighting and temperature needs.
If you have wrapped your plants for the winter, it is time to think about unwrapping them for spring. Leaving plants covered for too long can cause rot, as moisture can get trapped in-between the tree and the wrapping.
Wrapping vulnerable plants such as young trees will help prevent exposure to the freeze and thaw cycle
Clean Older Pots Thoroughly
If you are putting your plants in a new container or moving older plants to a larger one, be sure to clean out older pots thoroughly. This will remove old debris and dirt that can harbor bacteria and pests that can harm new plants.
You can clean pots with warm water and a safe cleaner like Dawn. Just remember to wash and dry the pot thoroughly before using it.
Choose The Right Soil
The right soil for your plants will depend on the type of species you have. For example, if you chose to plant lavender, this plant requires well-draining soil that is slightly alkaline. If the soil is not well-drained, the plant will be more likely to die.
Always remember not to overwater your plants. Like trees, overwatering can lead to root rot. Watering is especially important if the plants are young and have not yet developed a strong root system.
Be sure that your plants need watering by sticking a finger into the soil. If your finger comes out dry, then the plant needs to be watered.
Amend The Soil
If needed, add Hansen’s Super Soil Topsoil to the pot to amend and add necessary nutrients back into the soil. You can also put down a layer of mulch to keep the roots a constant temperature and retain moisture.
When planting new plants in your pots, be sure to elevate them. Elevating planters will help them drain and prevent stains on your deck or patio.