Summer sun can be tough on houseplants. They’ll
need us to turn up the love and give them a little extra TLC during warmer
temps and sunny days.
Even though many houseplants originate in the tropics, too much heat
can be stressful. Your houseplant may be trying to tell you
something if you see wilting, yellow or brown leaves. These are signs your
houseplant is stressed! Brown patches could be sunburn.
Here are some ways to make sure your plant babies get through the
summer months with flying colors.
Hot sun magnified by window glass can cause even cacti and
succulents to get sunburnt. Check on plants in windows with a southern
exposure. If you see signs of too much sun, such as browning, move them back or
relocate them for a few months. If that’s not possible try to pull down the
shades during the hottest part of the day.
Air-conditioning can be a saving grace in the summertime heat, but
plants need to be out of the direct line of cold air. Just like people, they
get chilly. Air-conditioning dehydrates the air and your tropical babes need
humidity. If your space is especially dry, place plants on a saucer filled with
pebbles and water. It will slowly evaporate and provide some much needed moisture.
Misting plants often will make them very happy. Moving plants into the kitchen
or bathroom where there’s running water will provide a touch more humidity for
Chances are you’ll need to water
your plants more often in the summertime. Check to see if they feel dry more
often than usual. Watering deeply is also important. Put plants in a sink
filled partway with water and allow them to soak it up for 20 minutes or so.
Pull the plug and let the plants drain completely before placing them back in their
Houseplants can be prone to pests in the summertime. Keep an eye
on them and if you see any insects, cobwebs or white powdery substances, take
action. Sometimes it’s enough to take them outside and wash them off with a gentle
stream of the hose. If it persists, use Espoma’s organic insect spray or neem
oil. Remove any dead leaves or other debris from the soil surface to prevent mildew
and other disease.
Nothing is better than fresh air flowing through open windows on a
cool summer day. The down side is that a lot of pollen, air pollutants and dust
blow in and build up on plant leaves. That makes it hard for plants to breathe
and absorb sunshine. Wipe off foliage with a damp cloth every couple of weeks
or give them a soft shower. They will love getting a deep watering, lots of
humidity and having clean fresh leaves. After the shower, give the plants some
time to drip dry. This allows the water to completely drain out of the pot too.
This is the perfect time to feed your
plants. In spring and summer it’s a good idea to keep plants on a
regular feeding schedule with an organic liquid fertilizer like Espoma’s Indoor! Feeding
after watering helps ensure that the plant food doesn’t just run out of the
pot. Moist soil is better at absorbing the food.
Now that your plants are clean and fed, we think you might enjoy
Espoma Products for Indoor plants