We are now officially in the heart of summer! Even though I love the summer heat, I have found that some of my indoor plants do not. I had to change my weekly routine to care for my plant babies to ensure they survive into fall.
Learn to Water Well & Water Deeply
I found some great tips on summer plant care from Pistil Nursery, Summer Plant Care: 8 Tips to Survive a Heat Wave. One of the best suggestions I found in the article was to be sure to water well and water deeply. Make sure that the watering is consistent so the soil does not dry out too much. If we allow the soil to become too dry it has a harder time absorbing water. To help battle this problem I like to water the plants from the bottom. Fill your sink (or a dish) with water and place plant inside and give it 20-30 minutes of time to soak up water.
Look for Signs of Stress
Another great tip includes some stress indicators to look for. If plants are not getting enough water, they tend to wilt or start browning at the tips. So if you see any browning on the tips of the leaves start watering and spritzing those leaves to create humidity. If your plants are getting brown spots on the leaves, it may be getting sunburned so move the plants to a shadier spot out of the direct sun.
Learn to Keep Bugs at Bay
One things I didn’t realize was that indoor plants are more susceptible to bugs and pests during the summer! I read here that signs of web type or cotton looking material means you may have mites or mealy bugs. According to the article – neem oil helps keep them away and remove them from other plants as soon as you spy those little buggers to keep the infestation from spreading. You can find more great advice from Apartment Therapy, Expert Advice: How To Keep Plants Alive in the Summer Heat.