Beat the heat: Best houseplant care tips for summer survival!
Summer is here, which means sun, the beach and hydrating! We know we need some extra care in the summer ourselves, and so do our plants. We hear you thinking, what kind of extra care is it that they need? Well, we have some good news for you, we’re here to help you with the best care tips for summer survival!
Watering is the most critical aspect of plant care during the summer heat. Ensure you water your plants deeply and thoroughly, focusing on the roots rather than the foliage. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation and allow plants to absorb moisture effectively. So to make it easy, just don’t water your plants at the times you’re most thirsty! Group plants with similar watering needs Grouping plants with similar water requirements together can simplify your watering routine. This strategy allows you to avoid overwatering or underwatering specific plants and ensures efficient use of water resources. Also, when plants are close to each other the water doesn’t evaporate as quickly as they usually do in hot weather. It’s a win-win situation!
Take them outside!
Some houseplants are capable of surviving outside when it’s summertime, so why don’t take them outside? Because of the higher light intensity the plants can grow faster and on top of that we bet the plants don’t even mind the rain now and then. As long as the temperature doesn’t drop below 15 degrees and you don’t put them in the full sun, your plants will be safe outside. One thing that’s important is that you let the plans get used to being outside, so start with one hour, then two hours, etcetra.
Avoid fertilising in extreme heat:
During periods of intense heat, it's best to avoid fertilising your plants. Fertilisers promote active growth, which can strain plants during stressful conditions. Instead, focus on providing consistent watering and wait for milder temperatures to resume fertilisation. Also, in the hot summer season the plants already grow faster by themselves, so there’s no need to help them out at this time of the year.
Be vigilant for pests and diseases
Hot and dry conditions can weaken plants, making them more susceptible to pests and diseases. Regularly inspect your plants for any signs of infestation or disease. Early detection can help prevent the spread and mitigate potential damage. Especially when you put more plants close to each other in the same area. It’s great for the watering system but like we said, keep an eye out!
Going on vacation and don’t know anybody who is good enough to take care of your plants? Just put them in your bathtub and ask if your sitter just wants to fill up the bath a little. In that case your loved plants will only take the water they need. But for this to work, your plants should be in their nursery pot with draining holes, otherwise the water won’t reach the plants. Knowing that your plants will still be alive when you come back is definitely a need to have a relaxed vacation!
We know it will always be a challenge to keep your loved PLNTS alive, but just remember that you’re doing everything you can to help them out! And of course, the plants will help you to take care of them, so sit back and relax, and enjoy your summer time!
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