Renew, Recharge, Repot

Preparing for a new year of growth for you and your plants

As the end of the year approaches, we begin to review our growth over the last year; our struggles and our triumphs. If we are smart, we learn from our experiences and in the New Year, we wipe the slate clean & start anew. Our lives & the lives of our plants have been through many seasons of growth, maintenance, profuse blooming with our best colors and finally a season of rest.

It’s easy to take our house plants for granted. We aren’t receiving “#iamparched” posts. They don’t email us about their need for more or less sunlight.  When was the last time you got a tweet asking for more fertilizer?  But, rest assured they, like you, need some TLC to prepare for another year’s growth.

One of our first Montgomery County Master Gardener classes focused on houseplants. I was surprised to learn that I had been neglecting my indoor beauties. Here are a few facts that will change the way you care for & enjoy your indoor plants.

Did you know?

  • “Choose the Right Plant for the Right Place.” Read the plant tag. Choose a place where it will receive sufficient light. This applies to both indoor and outdoor plants.
  • Repot every year, as needed. New pots should be 2” larger. Plants can become root-bound. Nutrients are used or washed away over time.
  • Water from the top down. Water plant over sink until water drains through, flushing away mineral build-up.
  • Rotating plants in your home occasionally, can ensure the correct amount of light and become a home decorating element.

For more information on how to care of your household plants go to: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/information-library/home-and-garden-information-center-publications and refer to article HG 60 – IPM Series: Houseplants