Preparing Your Indoor Plants for Spring

Preparing Your Indoor Plants for Spring

As a horticulturist and a devoted plant parent, I'm thrilled to welcome the approaching season of growth and renewal.

Spring brings with it the perfect opportunity to ensure our beloved indoor plants thrive and flourish.

In this comprehensive guide, I'll walk you through essential steps to prepare your indoor jungle for the change in season.

Let's get started!

1. Fertilize with Care: Nourishment for Happy Plants

As the days get longer and warmer, our plant babies wake up from their winter slumber and begin their active growth phase.

Introducing fertilizers into your watering routine becomes crucial during this time. Choose a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and apply it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Remember, moderation is key!
Over-fertilization can lead to adverse effects, so it's best to follow the recommended dosage.

2. Adjust Your Watering Routine: Hydration Matters

With the arrival of spring, your indoor plants will experience an increase in water requirements.

As they start growing more vigorously, they'll dry out faster. To prevent overwatering or underwatering, it's essential to adjust your watering routine accordingly.

Regularly check the moisture level of the soil and water your plants when the pot is light in weight or the top inch feels desert dry.

Bright window filled with plants looking over a clean white, modern kitchen setting 

3. Seek Optimal Light Conditions: Sunlight is Vital

Spring brings stronger sunlight, and your indoor plants may need to be relocated to higher-light spaces.

Observe your plants closely and identify which ones require more sunlight.

If you notice any leaning towards the sun or fading in colour these are great indicators that they need additional sunlight.

Ensure they receive adequate exposure by placing them near bright indirect windows or investing in supplemental grow lights for those with higher light needs.

4. Repotting and Soil Refresh: A Fresh Start for Your Plants

Spring is the perfect time to assess which plants need repotting or freshening their soil.

Over time, potted plants outgrow their containers or deplete the nutrients in their soil. Repotting every two years or whenever a plant becomes root-bound allows for better root development and access to essential nutrients.

While repotting, make sure to use a well-draining potting mix with added nutrients like NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium).

Two hands repotting a small cacti into an orange terracotta pot.  

5. Pruning and Propagating: Shaping and Expanding Your Plant Family

As new growth emerges in spring, it's an excellent opportunity to assess your plants' health and shape their appearance through pruning.

Remove any dead or damaged leaves and stems to encourage healthier growth.

Additionally, take this chance to propagate your plants. Propagation not only expands your plant collection but also promotes new growth and rejuvenation in your love for your plant family.

Happy reminder sharing is caring; if you have a large collection of propagated plants, share with your friends, colleagues, or family - I promise you they'll love them too!

6. Embrace New Growth: Witness the Magic of Spring

Spring is a time of rejuvenation and renewal for our beloved indoor jungle.

As you follow these steps and nurture your plant family, you'll witness the magic of new growth unfurling before your eyes.

Celebrate the journey of each plant and the joy they bring to your space.


In conclusion, preparing your indoor plants for spring is an act of love and care that ensures their well-being throughout the season of growth.

By adding fertilizers, adjusting watering routines, providing optimal light conditions, repotting, pruning, and propagating, you'll set the stage for a thriving indoor jungle that continues to inspire and delight.

Embrace the changing season with open arms and nurture your plant babies as they awaken to the beauty of spring!

Happy gardening, 
Emily x