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5 Ways to Help Your Plants Wake Up For Spring

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 11/28/2021

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

Warmer weather and longer days mean that dormant plants are waking up. Annual plants both outdoors and indoors will show fresh growth for the first time in months during springtime and some may require some specific maintenance to start the new season fresh. This is especially important for indoor plants in small containers or in areas where the light and temperature might not be ideal.

Here’s how to help your plants “wake up” for spring:

Re-pot or Upgrade

Re-potting doesn’t mean you have to change pots entirely. Usually, re-potting just refers to adding fresh soil to the pot and doing some basic root maintenance. Regardless of the size, your plants will probably show growth both in the roots and above the soil. Check to see if your plants are going to need more space. If so, move them up a pot size, but be sure to do so gradually. It’s best to only increase the size of the pot by 1 to 2 inches so that the plants can remain mostly root bound.

Prune and Trim

It’s likely that your dormant plants either wilted or lost some leaves over the winter, but that doesn’t mean they’re dead. Spring is the perfect time to clean out the browned, withered or broken plant matter so that they have plenty of room to grow new leaves and stems. You can safely cut off any leaves that are yellow are brown. You can also remove any long, drooping stems to space for new ones.

Clean and Dust

Plants with large leaves collect a lot of dust. If it’s been a while since you last inspected, they might be due for some careful cleaning. You can clean leaves gently with a damp paper towel or sponge—just make sure it’s not too wet. Wiping away accumulated dust and other particles will make sure the leaves get as much light as possible and ward off some pests and fungus.


Hibernating plants are going to wake up hungry, especially if you have stopped or drastically cut back on adding fertilizer over the winter months. Now that your plants are going to need active nutrients again, it’s a great time to add some fertilizer to give them a boost. Just be careful not to over-feed. Plant experts recommend diluting liquid fertilizers even more than instructions on packaging will suggest.


Are your houseplants still in the best potential spots? Consider relocating them for optimal sunlight and temperature. With longer days in springtime, the south and west sides of the home will get much more light than in the winter, making these windows your new high-sunlight zone. If you have tropical plants, move them out of the direct sun and swap in the cacti or succulents. Identify the best spots for air flow now that you might open windows more often. You can also move some plants outside once it gets warm enough as this can help promote growth.

Every plant has different needs, so it’s always a good idea to consider each one individually. However, these tips should apply to practically any indoor plant and ensure they start the new season in the best possible condition.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.