Summer Plant Care Tips: Five Ways To Help Your Plants Thrive This Summer
Did you know your summer plant care routine can be vastly different than in the winter?
Many plants enter major growth phases during the the long, sunny days of summer, but it isn’t always a breeze. Heat waves, harsh sunlight, and excessive air conditioning are just a few things that most houseplants dislike, and making some seasonable adjustments may be necessary to keep them happy and thriving. Read on for a few simple summer care tips for your indoor plants!
Some plants that are perfectly happy in their usual spot may not be as happy during the summer. Strong afternoon sun, for example, can be incredibly harsh for many houseplants, and moving them to a shadier area may drastically improve their appearance. Notice droopy, curling, or burned leaves? May be time to adjust!
Keep up the humidity
Many indoor plants thrive with a decent amount of humidity and things like dry summers, heat waves, or air conditioning may reduce the amount of humidity in your home. Make sure your plant is not in the direct path of any air vents, and mist your plants regularly. If things are really dry, you may consider using a humidifier.
Adjust your watering schedule
Some plants can be extra thirsty during the summer. Make sure to check in with your plants and adjust your watering schedule if needed. Plants like calatheas or ferns dry out much faster when it’s warm out, so you may need to water more often than you normally do during other times of the year. Similarly, add regular misting to your plant care routine to boost humidity levels on your plants foliage.
If your plants are extra thirsty, consider giving them a good shower. Take them outside or put them in the bathtub or shower and let the water run. You may even leave your plant for a few hours in water for the roots to drink before draining and returning to its home.
Prep for vacation
Going out of town? No worries. Plan to water your plants deeply just before leaving — they will be okay for a week or two like this. If you will be gone for over two weeks, you may like to have a friend stop by to water them. And if you travel a lot but still want a bit of greenery at home, consider plants like the Snake Plant or Zanzibar Gem, two plants that are incredibly drought resistant and don’t mind going several weeks without water! Read our full post on how to prep your plants for vacation (and what to do when you get back!).
As always, remember that your plants are living creatures that do in fact communicate with you! Stay in tune with them and their needs and learn to recognize stress when you see it. The earlier you catch something, the easier it will be to fix.