Protect Your Plants from this HOT Summer

Hot weather can be hard on your plants. Just like us they need special care in extreme heat. Even with adequate watering and mulching, plants can suffer when the temperatures rise.

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But there are a few things you can do to help protect your plants from heat stress during the hottest part of the summer.

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Water Correctly

Watering is essential when it’s hot, but watering correctly is far more important. Watering in the morning or early evening is the best for your garden. Giving them water midday is inefficient and most of it will evaporate before it gets to the roots.

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Strive for a deep watering two or three times a week. Just do it in the cool hours of morning or early evening.

Over Watering

Too much water can cause damage to your plants as much as under watering can. Heat and sun exposure will cause leaf wilt, occurring because of transpiration, or when plant releases moisture to protect itself in excessive heat. The leaves are wilting so there is less surface area for the sun exposure. “But,” you say, “they look so thirsty!?”

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Resist the temptation to water and feel the soil for moisture. Over watering can lead to root rot or fungal diseases (when a plant is continuously over watered, it can deprive the roots of oxygen and promote the growth of fungi in the soil). Don’t worry, your plants will bounce back when the sun goes down.

Mulching

A thick layer of mulch helps insulate the plant’s roots from both heat and cold. It will also help keep the soil moist. If your garden is prone to extreme temperatures, strive for at least 4-6 inches of mulch in your garden.

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Straw, pine needles, leaves and grass clippings make good, inexpensive mulch. Lay it on thick; your plants will love you for it.

Give Them Shade

During extreme heat, plants will cease flowering and can get sunburned. When temperatures get into the mid 90’s Fahrenheit, plants like peppers, tomatoes and eggplants hold back flowering. A good way to remedy this is to give them some shade during the hottest part of the day.

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You can use a patio umbrella for a small area or a lightweight piece of fabric (like a flat bedsheet) stretched over a trellis to shade sections of your garden.

Heat-Tolerant Plants

Some plants do better when the temperature rises such as plants that have origins in areas that are hot most of the year. Many plants in the vegetable garden love heat, like eggplant, peppers, basil and tomatoes. The sunniest part of the garden is often the best for the veggie bed.

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But if you are designing an ornamental garden bed that gets a plenty of full sun consider planting some heat-tolerant plants. Look for varieties of shrubs and trees that suit the landscape the add in decorative perennials and flowers that can stand up to the heat.

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These heat tolerant plants thrive in full sun and can even tolerate drought.

PLANT CARE
Sometimes, plants attract pests.Apply pesticides, preferably natural ones.Indoor plants do not require direct sunlight. But make sure they get at least bright natural light.Sprinkle water twice a day for terrace plants.

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