There’s a lot plants love about the summer. Longer days mean more hours of sunlight for photosynthesis, and many houseplants of the tropical variety thrive in warm, humid air. But some indoor plants need extra care to stay strong and healthy during the summer. Follow these tips to help keep your indoor garden looking great when the temperature rises.
Keep an eye out for signs of bugs infesting your houseplants. Pests can strike at any time of year, but indoor plants tend to be more susceptible in the summertime. If they’re already struggling in the harsh weather, a pest problem could spell doom for your poor plants. Be sure to separate any infested plants from the others and take steps to it.
Since the days are longer, plants need more water to keep growing during the summer. You should water at least once a day to keep the soil from drying out. It helps to water early in the morning to allow time to absorb the water before it evaporates. However, you don’t want to water at night, as leaving it plant wet for too long makes it more susceptible to pests and fungal disease.
Most people don’t think to use mulch indoors, but it can be a benefit to your houseplants’ health. Adding a small layer of mulch to the top of the soil will help keep it cool and reduce water evaporation.
Keep Plants and Air Conditioning Separate
Your plants may not appreciate that cool breeze and dehumidified air as much as you do. Most houseplants are from tropical climates, so they prefer warm, humid conditions and a stable temperature.
If you only have air conditioning in certain rooms of your house, keep your plants out of those rooms during the summer. You can also keep small plants under glass or in a terrarium to protect them from the effects of air conditioning.
To Fertilize, or Not?
There are two arguments to be made about adding more fertilizer to your plants in the summer. On one hand, plants absorb more sun from June to August, so it’s important they get enough nutrients to stay healthy. Adding an organic fertilizer can help your houseplants bloom and flourish from the added sunlight. However, fertilizer is only effective if the plant has enough water to support the chemicals.
Adding more fertilizer could give your plants that extra boost they need to keep going, but only if you can provide enough water. Otherwise, it’s best to stick to your old fertilizing routine and maintain a consistent watering schedule.