“Approaching Spring ” certainly seems optimistic right now. As I write this, I am facing who knows what? At least 3-4 more winter storms of some sort in the next 10 days. At this point it appears that the storms will be a combination of snow, sleet, freezing rain, maybe rain….With my ski slope of a driveway, I can navigate snow fairly well. I am marooned by ice, however. So I may have lots of time to do plant care.
But the plants don’t know anything about that. As soon as March comes, they literally seem to sense a change in the sunlight. They begin to grow more quickly, which means that they need more water.
It also means it’s fine to re-pot them if they need it. And if you have been holding off on fertilizer for the winter, you can resume now that the growth is resuming.
One thing to be aware of: the plants aren’t the only things waking up. Insects are also waking up as well. I find that aphids are one of the first to show up on the plants if they have somehow over-wintered and escaped detection so far. So check your plants carefully every couple of days–you will be watering more anyway so that’s a great time to check.
Knowing what is likely to happen allows you to anticipate it and to be prepared. Both you and your plants will be grateful.