Summer is a season of high temperatures, long days, and abundant sunshine. Just like we adapt to the changing weather, our houseplants require adjustments to achieve optimal growth and health.
When it comes to summer plant care, there are some essential tips and tricks that all plant lovers should know. Whether you’re an experienced plant parent or just starting out, here are some simple and effective ways to keep your indoor oasis thriving during the summer.
Houseplants grow more rapidly during summer, resulting in increased water needs. However, excessive watering can lead to root rot, pests, and fungal diseases.
To find the right balance, regularly check the soil moisture level and water when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Water your plants in the morning to allow excess moisture to evaporate during the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
You can also mist your plants occasionally to raise humidity levels. If you’re going on vacation, make sure to ask someone to water your plants or set up a self-watering system.
Some houseplants appreciate higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by misting your plants or placing a water tray near them. Grouping plants together can also create a mini-humidity zone.
Most houseplants prefer bright, indirect light, but during summer, they can benefit from direct sunlight for a few hours daily.
If you notice that your plants are getting too much light and getting scorched, move them to a shadier spot or use sheer curtains or blinds to filter the light.
If your plant seems to be stretching toward the light, it may need to be moved to a brighter location.
If possible, you can consider moving some of your houseplants outdoors for a summer vacation. However, acclimate them gradually to avoid shock from sudden changes in light and temperature.
Tropical houseplants, succulents, and many other varieties are usually safe to move outdoors in summer. Keep an eye out for pests or diseases and take action if necessary.
Air conditioning can be drying for houseplants, so try to keep them away from the AC or any other drafty areas.
Summer is a growing season! During the growing season, plants require more nutrients to produce new leaves and flowers.
You can supplement their diet with a slow-release fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer every two to four weeks, depending on the type of plant and the product’s strength.
Always follow the directions on the label, and avoid over-fertilizing, as it can burn the roots and cause leaf drop.
Summer is also a time when pests and diseases can thrive, thanks to the warm and humid conditions. To prevent infestations, inspect your plants frequently for any signs of damage, such as yellow leaves, chewed edges, sticky spots, or webbing.
If you spot anything suspicious, isolate the affected plant immediately and treat it with organic or chemical solutions, depending on your preference.
Alternatively, you can use preventative measures, such as yellow sticky traps or insecticidal soaps, to ward off pests proactively.
Trim back leggy growth and remove faded flowers to encourage new growth and additional blooms.
Just be sure to use clean, sharp shears and sterilize them with rubbing alcohol before and after pruning. Pruned leaves can be composted or repotted.
Summer is an ideal time for plant propagation! If you want to incorporate plant propagations into your home decor, I suggest getting one of these plant propagation stations. We have tabletop wooden ones and a wall-hanging one in our home!
I have a lot of blog posts teaching you how to propagate houseplants:
In conclusion, summer plant care requires a bit of extra attention and care, but the rewards are worth it. Following these simple tips for watering, lighting, fertilizing, and pest control, you can enjoy a lush and thriving indoor garden all year round.
Remember to observe your plants closely and adjust your routine as needed to help them adapt to the changing conditions. With a little bit of love and effort, your houseplants will continue to bring joy and beauty to your home for years to come.
Happy Plant Parenting!
House Fur is a lifestyle blog dedicated to helping you create the perfect home environment for your houseplants. I am focused on providing unique insights, helpful tips, and innovative solutions tailored to getting the most out of your plants while keeping them healthy in all seasons.
My mission is to help you craft an environmentally-friendly living space that utilizes houseplant life as a source of natural beauty and energy.
With my blog posts, I aim to make indoor gardening enjoyable and accessible for everyone with a shared vision of creating healthier homes – one plant at a time!
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