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How to Take Care of your plants in Summer season, with the top most important Summer plant care tips to keep your plants happy and healthy in soaring temperatures in the coming months. One most important CONCEPT to remember here is PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!
Summer Season is on its way and the temperatures are changing gradually. For those who are beginners in gardening or planning to start gardening, Trust me, it’s a great hobby, fun, and really satisfying! And also its not that difficult. Its just gaining some basic knowledge and applying some common sense. Well, It’s not just humans who suffer from the heat of summer, plants too need proper hydration and care. You cannot SWITCH OFF the sunlight – its not in your hands.
Infact with some precautions and following some simple tips, the season can be really good for your plants. So, here are some quick and useful tips one by one to keep your plants healthy and blooming this summer.
1. Watering: In Summer you need to water your plants more than you normally do. Keep it a rule to keep the soil moist at all times of the day. If your potting soil is sandy and well draining you must water atleast once a day. During summer water the plants during early morning or just after sunset, to avoid evaporation of the water.
2. Humidity: You can cover the top layer of the soil with mulching with material containing some wooden pieces, twigs, dead plant leaves, newspaper and so on etc. Mulching will help retain the moisture of the soil. You can make a Humidity Tray: using Small pebbles installed in a large tray surrounding the plant and pour some water in the tray. This really helps to maintain humidity levels.
3. CLUSTERING PLANTS: You can keep Potted plants in clusters close to each other. This way, they will face less sun may be from one side only or smaller plants may get some shade from a larger plant and this will also increase humidity levels.
4. PRUNING: Pruning of the plants should be done to remove unnecessary or bad foliage and branches. This will avoid excess lot of water through transpiration and also conserve plants energy for a healthier new growth.
5. FERTILIZERS: The summer season is the growth period of most plants and the plant soil should be provided with more fertilizer in summer to sustain this high growth rate and extra energy requirement after the dormant winter season. Apply manures like cow dung, bone meal, vermicompost and oil cakes like mustard and neem cakes or any type of fertilizers recommended for a plant, atleast once in two to four weeks.
6. De-WEEDING: All kinds of weeds should be rooted out of the plant soil, so that the nutrients and water meant for your plants are not used up by weeds.
7. SUNLIGHT: The morning sun is best for potted flowers and vegetables. Try relocating plants to receive maximum morning sunlight and get shade during noon time when sun is at its peak.
8. Mist the plants: To keep it humid and fresh, misting frequently with water can really help the plants. This will also make the leaves shine. You can also wipe the leaves with a soft cloth to promote photosynthesis.
9. PEST CONTROL: This is really important, you cannot afford to loose this growing season by allowing pests to hamper the growth of your plants. Do rigorous pest control organically wherever applicable.
10. Are few optional additional tips you can add for your summer plant care:
1. Do not place your plants near AC units – can damage the plants.
2. If you can arrange, Keep a fan running for good air circulation. In summer, many well maintained nurseries have lots of fans contantly running in day time with even automated fine misting units.
3. Shade Nets of Green Nets: Filter direct sunlight exposure by installing green net shades of atleast 50 percent sunblocks which even protect the plants from ultraviolet radiation.
4. Installing Drip irrigation system for home gardens is also a good garden idea if it is possible.
5. Check the soil moisture before watering using a handy Soil Moisture Tester, this is the same All in one PH tester, Moisture tester and light tester that I frequently use. This tool will help you to understand when your plant is ready to be watered.
Well, there we have it folks!
Those were few useful summer plant care tips. Wishing you and your plants a great Summer season!
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