With the hottest months of the year approaching, make sure to keep an eye out on your plants as the heat index rises. Follow these 3 essential steps to ensure your plants stay happy and healthy throughout summer.
#1 Water Deep & More Frequent
Plants can become dehydrated just like us! Heat and sun cause water to evaporate from soil at a much faster rate causing them to wilt and yellow in color. Durning a heat wave make sure to give your plants deep waterings. This ensures that the water is actually reaching the roots and is absorbed by the entire plant. Make sure to check your plants soil more frequently. Do so simply by inserting your index finger 1-2in's into the plants top soil.
The addition of A/C can also cause your plant to dry out at a faster rate. If you notice this happening, trying moving them out of direct airflow.
#2 Promote Humidity & Mist
If you live in a dry climate like Los Angeles, you should already be promoting more humidity for certain plants like tropicals, ferns and calatheas. You can add a humidifier to your space or simply mist your plants more frequently. Also, remember to wipe down your plants leaves with a damp cloth to clean off any dust. Think of your plants skin like you think of your own. The pours can get clogged with dust and dirt and affect the plant ability to receive water and air.
#3 Keep it Shady & Cool
If the temp is rising and you get direct sunlight into your home try closing the curtains or moving the plants away from hot spots in the windows. If you have A/C try to keep the room at a mild average temperature. Plants are easily affected by their surroundings, so they too will become irritated and wilted if they are overheated, dehydrated or dry.