After a long, dry winter, trapped inside with the windows closed, houseplants are ready for a little pampering so they can look and feel their best in the coming spring. Come to think of it, I could use a spa day myself...
Two of my favorite plant and flower websites have tutorials for soaking houseplants, and their approaches couldn't be more different. A Way To Garden's Houseplant Tuneup: Late-Winter Care Regimen is thorough and inspiring, and makes me want to be a better gardener and plant-mom. There are special tips for begonias, bromeliads, and clivias, as well as links to all of the site's houseplant wisdom. Saipua has a three-step regimen and a Blingee involving ferns, lightning, a disco ball, and a hornless unicorn. You just have to see it.
The thing I appreciate about these two is that Saipua's approach is one that I am not intimidated by, and am determined to do by the end of the week. Pile into the tub, everyone! A Way To Garden's method is one I aspire to and am determined to master someday, just as soon as I figure out what seaweed-fish emulsion concentrate is and where to get it. And as soon as I have a fantastic clawfoot bathtub — I'm pretty sure the plants will appreciate it.
(Image: A Way to Garden)