It’s that time of year again, isn’t it?! For plants, Spring and Summer are a hive of activity; there can be re-potting, fertilisation and a lot of new growth seen. Such big changes are balanced with the onset of the cooler seasons, beginning with Autumn. It is now that our plants begin to slow down their growth, nestling in for the restful dormant period ahead whilst we experience darker, shorter days and cooler temperatures.
Here we break down our top care tips into five simple steps to help make your plants thrive during this period.
As we enter Autumn and the temperature cools down, your plants’ watering needs also decrease. Water will evaporate more slowly from their soil than in the warmer months so pay attention to how fast they’re using it up and adjust your watering schedule as needed.
If you struggle with getting houseplant watering right, I’d really recommend getting a hygrometer to check the moisture of your pots to ensure you aren’t overwatering, especially throughout the colder months.
The other way of course is to stick your finger in the soil, but for beginner plant lovers, it can take a while to know what the right sort of moisture levels are, so use in combination with a moisture meter + you will be able to teach yourself!
Go Easy on The Fertiliser
Our organic fertiliser is great to replenish a plant’s nutrients, but this is best done during Spring/Summer when the plant is in its growth phase. When a plant is dormant, especially in winter, fertiliser can easily burn the roots. If you want to be cautious during Autumn, try reducing your schedule to every fortnightly and see how your plant responds.
Here's a guide to use our worm juice fertiliser:
Spring/Summer - Once a week.
Autumn - Fortnightly.
Winter - Once a month.
As a note here, if your climate is quite different from us, plus if you find your plants grow year-round, then more regular fertilising is fine. The easiest way to judge whether or not to feed is if your plant has new leaves growing (active growth).
Give Your Plant Gang A Spruce-up
The start of a new season is a great time to stop and take stock of your plant gang and see how they’re traveling. Give them a little TLC; trim and prune where needed and remove any unsightly dry, yellowing, or brown leaves plus any wayward growths or leggy vines that may have appeared over summer. Wipe down the leaves gently (both sides) using a damp, wet cloth and check for pests and treat where necessary.
Changing Light & Temperature
As the days shift, getting shorter, darker and cooler, it pays to take notice of how this affects the light and temperature in our home. Plants don’t like dramatic changes in temperature so keep this in mind and move them away from drafty windows and doors.
Also, consider moving some plants so they can catch some extra rays of sunlight or have a brighter outlook. Otherwise, it's better to invest in some grow lights. Grow lights are an incredibly useful tool to keep your plants happy in a dark room.
Don’t forget to keep a check on heaters and fires – do you need to move a plant to avoid the heat damaging it? Heaters and fireplaces can wreak havoc on some plants, drying out their leaves and browning the edges. To overcome this, increase humidity by misting your plants every few days.
Don’t Repot Your Plant
If you’ve missed the opportunity to re-pot your plant during Spring, you’re best to sit tight, be patient and leave the job until next Spring – as this is the ideal time to do so. Re-potting can be a big change for our plants and it’s a task best carried out during its growth period when the plant can confidently grow into its new home.