Did you know plants face dehydration and sunburn during the summer just like we do? It is important to tweak your plant care routine during the hot months ahead. With some proper precautions, the summer - a time for growth and regeneration - can be the best season for your houseplants. Here are our top tips for keeping your plants healthy and happy.
1. Water your plants more than usual to make up for both the increase in heat and plant-growth that happens during the summer months. The best time to water is early morning or early evening when it is cooler and the water is less likely to evaporate.
2. Help your plants retain moisture by adding mulch, rocks, or water-retaining crystals to the potting soil.
3. Mist plants lightly with water to increase their level of humidity and hydration (avoid on African Violets, Begonias, and other flowering plants that don't like to get their leaves wet!).
4. Keep a closer eye on your plants. If they begin to wilt - water more frequently.
1. If you keep your plants on a windowsill or in direct sunlight, draw a sheer curtain during the day when the sun is strong or move your plants more towards the center of the room, to avoid leaf burn. Ouch!
2. Rotate your plants so each side gets equal sun exposure and they do not lean towards the window.
3. If you're unsure if the light your plant is receiving during the summer is too intense, put your hand in that same area. If it is too hot for you - it is probably too hot for your plant.
1. Don't blast your AC when you're not home and don't place plants directly by the air conditioner. Added bonus, you'll save a little on your electric bill. Most houseplants prefer a warmer more humid climate. An exception to this rule is succulents and cacti - dry heat lovers. But they prefer the AC off as well.
2. Increase humidity by grouping your plants together and/or moving them to a more humid room like the bathroom. If you don't mind the look aesthetically, you can place them on pebble filled trays allowing you to add water to the bottom of the tray without over-soaking the plant's roots.
3. Invest in a humidifier for your plants - and your skin!
Prune & Fertilize
1. Regularly prune off dying or unnecessary foliage, which uses up nutrients and water - and can attract pesky insects. Do not allow dropped leaves to collect on top of the soil, this also increases the chance of pests and diseases.
2. If you use fertilizer, slightly increase the amount. Plant-growth increases during the summer season.
1. If you're one of the few New Yorkers with a coveted outdoor space, consider putting your indoor houseplants outside for the summer. Most plants can be invigorated by a summer outdoors. Just be sure to make the move gradual to avoid shock - i.e. don't move a plant from a dark corner to a reflective rooftop in a single go.
2. Place them in a shadier spot first, followed by light conditions similar to what they enjoyed inside. Never put them in direct sunlight. A north or west-side exposure is usually a good bet.
3. Make sure they have drainage holes incase of heavy rain, or place them where they won't be soaked, which, like overwatering, can cause root-rot.
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