Keep Up with Houseplants As the Seasons Change

As winter shifts to spring, most houseplants’ needs increase. To help yours cope with seasonal changes, remember that it’s time to shift watering habits, fertilize and repot. Follow these tips for thriving indoor plants as the season changes.


Houseplants are year-round companions that clean the air and allow a bit of “gardening” through all seasons. Photo credit: Getty stock

Tips for Houseplants During the Changing Seasons

Warmer temperatures and brighter light generally spur a need for more frequent watering of our houseplants. Keep more frequent tabs on the moisture level in your pots, and look at them for signs of new growth, which necessitates more water.

Houseplants are not typically fed during winter, but early spring is the time to start fertilizing them again. To feed them, water them with plain water first, then dose them with a weak treatment of houseplant fertilizer. Repeat every two to four weeks throughout spring, summer and fall.


African violets are delightful houseplants though they can be a bit finicky in their watering needs. Be sure to water from the bottom. Image of african violet: “Saintpaulia20090426 35” by Bff – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Plants that dry out very quickly, lack vigor or show roots growing through the pot’s drainage holes could benefit from repotting. Spring is a good time to repot into fresh planting mix and a larger pot, both of which will support the new growth to come throughout the warmer months of the year.

Learn all about an easy-care and unusual houseplant and how to display it in your home in the book Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias.

Expand the number and variety of tropical plants you can grow by getting a home greenhouse. Learn the ins and outs first with The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual.

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