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Spring can make houseplants unruly, so repot and prune them

Spring can make houseplants unruly, so repot and prune them

No matter that winter winds and snow still come and go in much of the country. The sun's earlier rising and higher climb into the sky let us know that spring is in the air. Even houseplants indoors feel the changing season.

Take a closer look at the stems of your houseplants. Any young, new leaves? Swelling buds? Inside their pots, roots might likewise be awakening. All of this makes today, tomorrow or sometime soon a good time for repotting and pruning.

Lee Reich writes regularly about gardening for The Associated Press. He has authored a number of books, including "Weedless Gardening" and "The Pruning Book." He blogs at He can be reached at

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