As you embrace the joys of summer, don't forget to pay attention to your indoor plant companions! With longer days and warmer temperatures, your houseplants are ready to thrive. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips and tricks to keep your plants happy and healthy throughout the summer season. From watering strategies to sunlight management and pest prevention; unlock the secrets of successful summer plant care. So, grab your watering can, let the sunshine in, and let's dive into the wonderful world of nurturing your leafy companions during the summer months!
Adjust Your Watering Schedule
Just like all living things, plants need to keep hydrated to grow! While plants tend to require more frequent watering in summer due to increased heat, sun exposure, and evaporation - it's essential to strike the right balance. Keep an eye on your plant for signals that it needs watered. This might look like wilted, curling, or wrinkled leaves and faded colors. When you water, water thoroughly to ensure plenty of hydration to the plant's roots. Always discard of excess water to prevent root rot!
All plants are different, and the amount of water they need is largely based on the species and growing conditions. You might find that your plants water needs don't change, or you might be watering twice as often as the colder seasons!
Manage Sunlight Exposure
Sunlight is abundant during the summer months! Sun-loving plants will happily soak up the rays, however, be cautious of intense midday sun, as it can scorch delicate foliage. If your plant is in a bright and sunny spot, check in to make sure the sun isn't too strong. Signs of sun damage can looks like bleached spots or browning and curled leaves. Consider moving plants slightly away from windows or using sheer curtains to filter the light and protect your plants from excessive heat.
If your plant does get sun damaged, trim off the damaged leaves and move the plant to a shadier spot to prevent further damage!
Keep Temperature in Check
Maintaining a consistent temperature and humidity level is crucial for healthy plant growth during summer! Most indoor houseplants originate from tropical environments, which are warm and moist. Consider this when setting your home temperature - the recommended indoor temperature to keep your plants happy is 70-80F during the day, and 65-70F at night.
In addition to keeping a comfortable temperature, keep an eye on humidity levels as well. We love to feel a cool blast of A/C on a hot summer day, but A/C units can quickly dry out the air. You can remedy this by running a humidifier and opening the windows when the A/C if off (if you live in a humid area!). Be sure you do not have your plants placed too close to a vent or A/C unit, as cold stream of air can be damaging to the plant.
Feed & Fertilize for Growth
During the active growing season, your houseplants will benefit from regular feeding to support their growth and overall health. Choose a balanced houseplant fertilizer and follow the recommended dosage instructions. We suggest starting slow and gradually increasing the fertilization level, so to not overwhelm the plant. There are multiple types of fertilizer available - liquid, granular, and slow-release. Choose the one that works best for you!
Houseplant fertilizers will contain three macronutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K), all of which are crucial to the plant's growth. These nutrients are naturally present in soil, however a houseplant can quickly deplete the nutrients in it's small pot. Fertilizing your plant is a great way to replenish these important nutrients and promote healthy growth!
Prevent and Treat Pests
Summer can be a season for increased pest activity, especially if you like to open your windows or place your plant outside! Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pests, such as aphids, spider mites, or mealybugs. Catching these pests early will make it easier to treat your plant, and prevent an infestation. If you notice any pests, address them promptly with appropriate pest control methods, such as insecticidal soaps or natural remedies.
There are preventative measures you can take to reduce the chance of an infestation. These include regularly cleaning the leaves, removing dead leaves, and ensuring proper air circulation around the plants.
Keep in Mind:
Our care guidelines are only tips and suggestions - each plant is unique and will require unique care! Only you know your plants, so use the tips that work for you and leave the ones that don't.
From managing watering schedules to maximizing sunlight exposure and preventing pests, these summer plant care tips will empower you to provide the ideal conditions for your leafy friends. Enjoy the lush growth of your houseplants as you care for them throughout the summer months!
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