Summer Plant Care
If the past few weeks are any indication, we’re in for a pretty hot summer! Some plants thrive in the heat (looking at you, Ogreen Tropicana!) but others might need a little extra TLC. Here are a few tips to keep your plants happy and healthy this summer.
1. Stay hydrated!
Much like us humans, plants could use a few extra sips of water during the hot summer months. It’s best to water your plants early in the morning or late at night, when temperatures are a little less extreme and the water won’t evaporate as easily. Do remember the golden rule when watering your plants! Always, always check the soil first. We suggest taking a short stroll past your plants in the morning, coffee in one hand, checking the soil with the other. Is it dry? Give them a drink. Still moist from yesterday? Best to wait for your plant to absorb the moisture.
2. Keep it cool
There’s nothing like a nice, cool room to spend some quality time in when it’s scorching hot outside. Your plants like it, too! Make sure you keep them away from the hottest spots in your home. You might be tempted to crank up the AC, but if you do, make sure your plants aren’t sitting directly in front of it. Plants may not like to be overheated, but they definitely don’t like to be icy cold either!
3. Pool time
OK, taking your plants to the pool with you might not be the best idea (especially if you don’t want to be known as ‘that crazy plant lady’), but your plants do love a good pool party. If you have a tub, fill it with a 5 centimeter layer of water and place your thirsty friends inside. No tub? Some plants also love a good misting (we hear the Ogreen Hero is a big fan). Gather the plants that like to have their leaves moistened (no cacti or succulents) and give them a communal mist with a plant mister or sprayer.
4. Don’t stress
Summers are the perfect time to introduce siestas into your daily routine. Relax, don’t stress, take things a bit slower than usual. Your plants prefer to take it easy when it’s hot as well. Keep them happy with all of the above tips, and make sure not to add any extra stress. That means no repotting, no pruning, no extra fertilizing until the weather cools down a bit.
5. Going on holiday?
Off on a holiday? Lucky you! The best thing for your plants is to ask a neighbour or a friend to check in on them every other day, especially if you’re gone for more than a week. If that’s not an option, try the following steps. Place your cacti and succulents in a shady area of your home; they can survive without water for a while as long as they’re not too hot. For large potted plants, let them hang out in the tub with a small layer of water, place damp newspaper on top of the soil, or set up your own automatic watering system by placing a shoe string in a large bucket of water, and sticking the other end in your plant’s soil.
Have a great summer!
(Originally published on the Ogreen blog)