Waiting for your indoor plants to grow may seem to go drag on and on, but during the spring and summer months, many plants experience periods of active growth. Now is the time for you to take steps to ensure that your plants are growing as quickly and healthily as possible. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
How to Promote Optimal Plant Growth
- You can promote faster growth in early spring by beginning a regular schedule of water-soluble fertilizing. You can buy this fertilizer for your indoor plants, but those meant for outdoor growing will do just fine.
- Water your plants thoroughly before applying fertilizer. Young roots can become damaged pretty easily if fertilizer is applied when the soil is still dry. Pour about 1/2 to 1 cup into the soil of each houseplant and let it drain. This will give your plants a boost of nutrition. You should see new growth within a week or two.
- Mix a solution of 1/4 strength fertilizer and use it to water your houseplants every seven to 10 days throughout spring and summer. You can even use a weaker solution if you water more frequently. Be sure to not exceed the recommended amount. If you do, you could damage your plant, making it grow even slower.
- Discontinue applying fertilizer in September when you see that growth is starting to slow down. Let the plant to rest during the winter. Continue to apply the fertilizer in March when new growth begins.
- Make sure to provide your plants with proper lighting. Plants that grow tall and leggy are not getting enough light. Transfer them to an area with more light. Leaves that turn pale may mean that your plant is receiving too much light. Wilting quickly is also an indication of exposure to more light than your plant requires.
Proper watering and light exposure are important factors in optimal plant growth, but the prevention of insects and disease is just as important. Treat your plants with Kapow to ensure that your plants will be safe from these issues.