Just like we humans, some plants love the summer, while others downright hate it. With the temperatures starting to soar and the humidity picking back up, then, you’ll need to know how to properly care for each of your plants in the coming months. That’s why we’ve put together this summer plant care guide to ensure that your leafy friends stay happy and healthy well into fall.
Water consistently and deeply
While summer may be more humid, it’s also much hotter. As a result, water can evaporate much more quickly than it would during any other time of the year, especially if you have the sun beating down on your plants. While you don’t want to overwater your plants, you do want to prevent the water in the soil from evaporating too quickly. To do this, water consistently and deeply by first checking to see if the soil is dry, and then watering until there’s excess water running out of the drainage holes. You can learn more about how to properly water your plants here.
Move plants away from the windows
There is a common belief that plants can get sunburnt much as humans do. This, however, is mostly false. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you should keep your plants in the summer sun all day. While they won’t get a sunburn, they can get dried out, forcing you to water them more frequently than you would otherwise. As such, it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight by moving them a bit further inside your house or using a curtain to block some of the sun.
And move them away from the A/C
Just as the sun can dry out your plants, so, too, can your air conditioner. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you turn your A/C off entirely, but we do recommend that you keep your plants away from any vents that are pushing out cold air.
Keep an eye out for bugs
Bugs are rampant in the summertime, so you don’t want them to make a home in any of your plants. If you notice any webbing or cotton-like material in your plants, then that’s a sign of mites or mealy bugs. When these are sign spotted, wash the entire plant off outside and then try to keep the infected plant separate from the others until you’re 100% certain that the bugs are gone.
Fertilize…but not during a heatwave
Fertilizer is your friend during the summer. After all, spring and summer are when plants grow, so you’ll want to support this by providing them with the proper nutrients. This is not the case, however, when you’re experiencing a heatwave. If it’s a 100+ degree day, then your plant is in survival mode, not growing mode, so it won’t be needing any extra nutrients during this time (in fact, new soil could just stress them out even further). Instead, wait until cools down to the normal temperatures to start fertilizing. You’ll want to use this same method when repotting your plants as well.
Understand the signs of stress
Summer can be a tough time for your plants, and you likely won’t be able to protect them from everything. However, you can minimize the damage by catching the signs of stress before they become too much for your plant to handle. Check out our guide on the most common houseplant problems to see which signs your plants are exhibiting and what you can do to fix it.
Summer is a great time to add more plants and flowers to your home. Thankfully, Mills Florist has you covered. Check out our inventory or contact us today with further questions on how to properly care for your plants this summer.