How to Keep Plants Happy in the Summer Heat

August, 2017

Scorching summer days are tough on everyone, including our plants. Houseplants and outdoor gardens alike can use a little extra TLC when the thermometer starts reaching roasting levels. Follow these tips to help your plants beat the summer heat.

Keep them hydrated. It's no surprise that watering is important. Plants need more water during the hot summer months, so make sure you have a consistent watering schedule to keep plants from getting parched.

Give 'em some food. Right now is prime growing time for a lot of plants and they need extra nutrients to help the process. Increase fertilizing until the weather cools to make sure your leafy friends have plenty of energy for new growth.

Watch for dust. When dust settles on leaves, it can inhibit a plant's ability to absorb light. An increase in air pollutants like pollen and dirt during the summer months means you'll want to give leaves a quick weekly wipe-down with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep them free from debris.

Be Your Own Exterminator. Summertime is bug-time, as us gardeners know. Keep a close eye on your plants for any signs of a pest infestation so you can take action before it gets out of hand. Check under leaves and near the stems for any cotton- like material (a sign of mites).

There's still plenty of time to enjoy the summer sunshine and with these tips you'll be kicking back while surrounded by lush, gorgeous plants well into the autumn season.