As of yesterday, March 1, we welcomed spring in the northern hemisphere. For those of you scratching your heads because you thought spring began with the vernal equinox on March 19, you’re not mistaken. We’re just talking about 2 different ways to measure when “spring” begins.
Most folks think it begins on the vernal equinox, which is somewhere between March 19–22 each year.
I use the meteorological way of calculating and thus spring begins March 1, summer begins June 1, autumn begins September 1 and winter begins December 1.
In any event, your house plants aren’t waiting for mid-March to know that spring has arrived. They are already responding to the longer daylight and warmer sun.
What does this mean for you? First, you will need to check your plants more frequently to see if they need water, particularly those in bright southern windows.
Next, you will want to make sure that plants that have been fine all winter in an east or west window are suddenly not getting too much sun. This happens to me every year (and unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of moving many of those plants–they just have to tough it out until my trees leaf out).
Finally, as your plants start to wake up, so do little insects. Be alert for this and catch infestations early, before they spread beyond the infested plant.
If you live in a cold climate–even in one that hasn’t had a particularly bad winter–it may be tempting to get outside as soon as you get a nice day. There’s nothing wrong with that. But don’t forget to check on your house plants too. They need you more than ever this time of year.
This is (normally) the time of year when houseplants go out to get rinsed by rain. There has been no rain since January.
I have seen how dramatically dry California has been this spring (well, February. That’s your spring, not mine. ) I know that it doesn’t get better from here for you. If I hope for unseasonable weather, that’s almost scary too–who the heck knows what that might bring?