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When do you start feeding indoor houseplants. My spider plants look as though they could do with a little tonic.Can I start now?


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Well it wont do any harm.

    When I grew spider plants I found the pot rapidly became  all roots-might also need re-potting or propagate from one of the babies and start again-but I would leave that task for a few weeks thoughimage


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I had to look after a large amount of superb house plants once for a landscape gardener. She insisted (but nicely!) that the plants had to be fed 'baby bio' in exact amounts every week. I have never seen, except in good nurserys, plants in such amazing condition. Another plant expert suggested that house plants 'like' to be well groomed, i.e. remove all dead or dying material on a regular basis.image

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Have to admit, I am a bit of a houseplant fanatic - I spend a good few hours a week fussing over them. The ones with large leaves even get a shower in the bathroom every now and then for a treat image

  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,471
    I'm rubbish with house plants other than aloe Vera, doesn't matter what I do to it still lives on , I've even split it into 3 ...still it thrives .
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Jean R, some of my house plants would like to come and live with youimage

  • Make sure you water in winter once a month and feed when and if spring starts about once a month,they like even in winter to be misted,and cut of any dead off spring and leaves.image

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    not sure if this will help but in one of this months gardening mags a pro gardener says he feeds very often but only half the suggested amount

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    I'm not a pro gardener, Alan, but I do that with the foliage houseplants. A very weak feed from April to Sept. Usually with every other watering. The flowering houseplants have a different regime. image

  • Thanks for all your advice, it has been very helpful.

  • image @ Jean - I do the same!

    I think most houseplants (with exception of Christmas flowering varieties) need a period of calm, during which they are not growing) to just do nothing - so that's when I hardly water mine and stop feeding.

    I normally only start feeding them as their season starts - normally March - October.

    Since I stopped pushing them all year with feeds and water, they have thrived.

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