Don’t Kill Your Plants During the July Heat Wave
The heatwave and Excessive Heat Warning given by the National Weather Service probably has you concerned about one thing: your plant babies.
I mean, plants are difficult to keep alive as is without all these rapid weather changes (at least for me, I’m a plant killer). The moisture is just sucked out of the air, you AND your plants are wilting and in July, the sun is TOO much.
The heat is inescapable, and the inside can be even worse.
Without air conditioning, a breeze, a little cloud coverage throughout the day, and a lot of water, we humans couldn’t survive! Yes, technically air conditioning ISNT necessary to survive, but you get it. Just like us, indoor plants are a lot more sensitive than their wild brethren.
"Summer is when plants are trying to grow and blossom flowers — but this year, the extreme weather is challenging them, forcing them to divert their energy to cope. Houseplants are very receptive to light and moisture levels, so increased and prolonged exposure to sunlight now threatens them, as well as things like air-conditioning or homes that are hotter than usual." —Amy Jamet, BBC News
Tips for Summer Plant Care in Utah:
- Do your research. If you have a plant that needs more humidity, and you live in Southern Utah, that’s something you’ll definitely want to be aware of.
- Location check! See where your little green friends are and if they should be moved to somewhere they will thrive better.
- The hot weather means your plant will most likely need more water than usual but be careful not to overwater. Make sure you are hitting the soil with the water and if it soaks up immediately, hit it again until the soil stays moist.
- Water your plants during the evening or morning for the most efficient watering and use room temperature water so you don’t shock your poor plants.
- Add old tea leaves (rich in nitrogen) to your watering can for an extra boost for your plants.
If your plant is already screaming for water, you’ll need to water until the soil starts to absorb it and is no longer dry. You can also sit your plant in water to soak (bowl and all) for 15 minutes to rehydrate.
However, don’t leave your plants in water as the roots can rot and also be a prime location for hatching fly larvae. Gross!
If you have a cactus or succulent, the dry weather is ideal for them Don’t be like me, don’t panic water them because then you’ll kill them. As I have done...I’m really not a plant person.
Since summer is also a prime time to GET AWAY from the heat, vacations can be an issue. Set up a drip feeder for your plants so they can continue to get water on a regular basis. There are a ton of DIY videos and articles for this so no need to go out and buy one.
Check for signs of wilting or color changing to spot problems with your plant babies.
Whew! Plants can be so fickle but perhaps I’ll give it another try. I’d love to hear your plant tips. Message me on Facebook!