How to make sure your plants thrive in Summer!
CHANGING PLANT CARE IN SUMMER
Plant care changes with changes in the season. Just like the weather, sunlight, and temperature in a plant's natural environment fluctuate throughout the year, your indoor plant care should also shift in consideration of those changes.
Summer means one thing - your plants (and you) probably need more water!
This is why our instructions come with warm + cold weather watering suggestions.
If you’ve read our Spring Plant Care Blog, you’ve already done a plant spring cleaning and started to increase water amounts over the Spring to Summer transition. If you haven’t - always make sure to transition your plants to more water gradually.
Now it’s time to dive a little deeper to make sure your plants thrive through the hottest months of the year. As the days get longer and hotter, plants will receive more sun and water will evaporate easier so increasing watering can help them thrive.
GENERAL SUMMER PLANT CARE TIPS
Check the light situation - plants can be burned by bright direct sunlight through windows so be sure they are in a less damaging spot but still getting lots of indirect sunlight. If you need some help knowing what kind of light is best for your plants, check out our blog “How to *actually* understand types of indoor light.”
Make sure your plants are not in an AC draft.
Pay attention! Over other months, like winter, we suggest ignoring your plants a little since they go into dormancy. During summer, check in on your plants and pay attention to “What Your Plants are Trying to Tell You”
After slowly introducing more water to your plants over Spring, in Summer months this is the most water your plant will get throughout the year. Be sure not to water log your plants. It’s important to know if your plant wants damp soil consistently, if you should wait for the soil to dry in between watering, or if your plant likes to be dry for long periods of time, like cacti and succulents.
CACTUS + SUCCULENT SUMMER CARE
It can be hard to know how much water is the right amount for cacti and succulents during the Summer when we are factoring in different plants, different pots, different pot sizes, soils, etc. Since we know which plant, planter, soil, and sand we provide in our shop, we are able to provide specific watering instructions. Be sure to reference our specific watering instructions that each of our plants come with for water amount by season and frequency.
ALWAYS water into the sand or soil around the plant not directly on the plant, this reduces leaf rot when water cannot fully evaporate indoors and prevents pests seeking out your plant as a good water source.
HOUSEPLANT SUMMER CARE
During the hottest time of the year, we suggest moistening houseplant soil evenly about once per week indoors.
Remember to wipe the leaves of your houseplant with a damp cloth every so often to keep them healthy, dust-free, and pest-free. You should switch rags in between plants if you see any signs of pests or want to be extra careful.
Watch for signs of overwatering (yellow leaves) and signs of thirst (limpness in houseplants or wrinkles in cacti and succulents). All of our houseplants are super hardy so a little over or under-watering will not be a problem, just be careful not to overcompensate.
If you forget to water your plant or maybe you’ve gone on a trip and your plant is looking a little thirsty when you get back here is What to do when you Forget to Water your Plants.
It is normal for houseplants to lose a few leaves at a time. If many leaves are turning brown or yellow these are signs that you are over or under watering.
ONE LAST TIP!
Ask Siri to set a reminder to check out our Fall Plant Care Blog on September 1st so you don't miss how to transition your plant to Fall weather!
Even better, sign up for the Plant Killer Club emails to get plant care tips and be notified when it is time to transition your plants each season!
How are your plants doing in the Summer heat? Let us know at by email at firstname.lastname@example.org