Summer plant care: Tips to survive a heat wave

February 05, 2019

Summer plant care: Tips to survive a heat wave

Summer is finally here! Now is the time to prepare your houseplants to handle the heat.

While cacti and succulents, which are sun-loving plants, are well adapted to high temperatures, indoor plants will find it difficult to survive the summer heat. Tropical plants might get damaged by heat and they might not recover if they are severely damaged.

But there is no need to worry. You can do a lot to help your indoor plants survive the heat wave. Follow our tips.

Promote high humidity

Mist plants frequently during periods of heat as they like high humidity. To create a little humid atmosphere for your plant you can also fill pebbles and water in a shallow dish, and set your pot on top.

Water deeply, and water well

For indoor plants, proper watering is the key. Give your plants a deep watering to prepare them for a heat wave. Water slowly and make sure it is getting absorbed in the soil. During summer check your plant's soil moisture level more frequently.

Shade sensitive plants from too much sun

It is not just humans by even plants get sunburn. So it is better to move them away from the windows or better still you can pull the curtains and spare them from the direct hit of the sun.

Keep it cool

While in summer plant care mode keep your plants out of the hottest spots in your home. This might mean moving them into other rooms or away from windows during hot times.

Keep your house cool during the day by closing your windows when the heat is on, and when it cools down to open them back up at night. This will make your plants feel better!

Don’t fertilize during a heat wave

Don’t fertilise a stressed plant until it recovers. Your plant is not looking for extra nutrients when it is in summer survival mode. This might stress your plant further. For your next feeding wait until it cools down a bit!

Don’t re-pot during a heat wave

During re-potting leaves always get damaged. Plants experience stress while re-potting and the heat might add to the stress.

Wait to prune

A little pruning here and there might be good but snipping off too many leaves and stems during the height of summer will cause stress.

Learn to recognize stress

Monitor your plants closely during a heat wave for signs of stress. Make sure they are not exposed to too much water and too much heat.

The signs to watch out for

– When exposed to too much heat tropical plants, especially those with tender leaves, usually wilt.

– Green foliage may look pale when stressed.

– Watch out for yellow or rough brown patch on stems and leaves. It might be an indication of sunburn.

– When a plant is stressed leaves might turn yellow and flowers often drop off

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