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Healthy Spring for House Plants

Mar 02, 2015 02:48AM ● By Family Features
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(Family Features) When the invigorating air of spring arrives, remember that you’re not alone in wanting to soak up that refreshing warm breeze. Your houseplants are eager for a break from winter, too.

To keep your plants healthy and hardy for the warm months ahead, take some time to prepare before moving them outdoors for the season.

Remember that slow and steady wins the race when it comes to a new environment. An abrupt transition from the controlled climate indoors to the harsher outdoor elements makes plants susceptible to stress and shock.

Sunlight is one of the most dramatic differences for indoor versus outdoor growing environments, so gradually acclimating plants to the natural sunlight is key. You may want to start by placing plants in a shaded area outdoors for a few hours at a time. Then, over the span of several days or weeks, transition to brighter areas of the yard for longer periods of time.

Other climate considerations such as temperature and inclement weather can also affect your house plants’ transition back outdoors. Watch for abrupt changes in temperature; sudden highs or lows can have a strong impact on plants. Similarly, plants accustomed to the stable conditions indoors are ill prepared for strong winds and other extreme conditions. Offer protection by bringing plants back indoors when these threats are present, especially during the early stages of a move outdoors.

Once your plants are happily settled, maintain the healthy transition with regular watering, fertilizing and pest control for a robust and beautiful growing season.

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