With the scorching temperatures of summer upon us, it's so important to give our beloved plants some extra TLC. The combination of intense sunlight, high temperatures, and reduced water availability can take a toll on our leafy companions.
Here are some suggestions for plants that will thrive in the summer heat, as well as essential tips to keep all of your plant friends happy, hydrated, and healthy.
1. Choose Heat-Friendly Plants: When it comes to choosing plants for outdoor spaces in the summer, it's important to think about the weather and the amount of sunlight the area receives. Opt for heat-friendly plants that thrive in the heat and require minimal maintenance. Some great choices include:
Succulents: These water-storing plants come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, making them perfect for adding visual interest to your outdoor space. They are low-maintenance and can withstand heat and drought conditions.
Ornamental Grasses: Grasses add texture and movement to your porch or patio and will hold up well in a heatwave. Consider varieties such as fountain grass or maiden grass if you’re feeling fancy!
Tropical Plants: Look for heat-loving tropical plants like hibiscus, bougainvillea, or elephant ears. These plants thrive in warm climates, add an exotic feel to your outdoor space, and are often available at affordable prices.
2. Water Wisely: Watering is the most vital aspect of plant care during the summer. However, it's important to strike a balance. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while under-watering can cause dehydration. Adjust your watering routine to the needs of each plant, considering factors like soil type, plant species, and weather conditions. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation and allow the roots to absorb moisture effectively.
3. Mulch Magic: Applying a layer of mulch around the base of your plants can work wonders during the summer. Mulch acts as a protective barrier, regulating soil temperature and reducing moisture loss through evaporation. It also helps suppress weed growth and adds valuable nutrients to the soil as it decomposes and it is pretty, too!. Choose materials like pine needles, cedar mulch, or pine fines and be sure to leave a small gap around the stem to prevent rot.
4. Shade Solutions: Just as we like to stay in the shade on hot, sunny days, our plants can benefit from some shade too. Consider providing temporary shade for delicate plants by using shade cloths or umbrellas. This will shield them from excessive heat and prevent sunburn - yes, plants can get sunburned too!. Be mindful not to obstruct essential sunlight entirely, as plants still need light for photosynthesis. Strike a balance between shade and light exposure.
5. Time Your Tasks: Plan your gardening activities wisely to avoid the peak heat of the day. Watering, pruning, and other tasks are best done during the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This allows plants to absorb moisture effectively and minimizes the risk of foliage burning. Additionally, gardening in the early morning or evening provides a more pleasant experience for you too!
Remember, healthy and well-cared-for plants not only beautify our surroundings but also contribute to a vibrant ecosystem. So, gear up and embrace these tips to keep your green companions happy and flourishing throughout the summer heat!
If you ever have questions about how to care for your plants during the summer, you can always call us at 502-630-3550 and we’ll be happy to help.