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Beat the heat - Tips to help keep your plants healthy this summer 🥵

Beat the heat - Tips to help keep your plants healthy this summer 🥵

Looking after plants during the Summer is a little bit different to the rest of the year. With the temperature rising and the sun shining, plants often need a bit more attention than the usually would; this can include increasing your watering schedule, moving your plants away from windows and, starting to feed them with fertiliser.

How much Light?

Plants require sunlight to survive. It is one of their most basic needs. They absorb sunlight and convert it into energy and oxygen. 

Some plants need more light to survive than others, which is quite inconvenient but can be easily managed with the following information.

It's important to research your plants natural habitat. Did it live on the rainforest floor with only dappled light through the trees reaching its leaves? Or is it used to the sun soaked coastline taking in the full bright light?

Once you've researched, it'll be simple enough to figure out a plants light requirements. You can also refer to your plants product page on our website for a quick fix.

Knowing where in your house to place your plants is more of a science than an art - your bird of paradise may look good in the shady corner of your hallway but it may not be comfortable without at least 6 hours of full sun.

You'll find that a lot of plant care guides talk about light conditions in 4 terms, low light, medium light, bright indirect light and bright direct light. Use the picture above to get a better idea of what all of this means.

  1. Bright Direct Light
  2. Bright Indirect Light
  3. Medium Light
  4. Low Light

 

Find the Light

North Facing WindowsNorth facing windows give your plants the least amount of light. Place shade tolerant plants here like Cast irons and Spider Plants

East Facing Windows East facing windows get the bright morning light which reduces as the day passes. Best for plants that like bright indirect light such as fiddle leaf figs and calatheas.

South Facing WindowsSouth facing windows provide the most light from morning right through to the evening. They are perfect for plants which require bright direct light. Place tropical sun loving plants a few feet away from these windows to prevent sun-burnt leaves. Great for Birds of Paradise and Banana Plants.

West Facing Windows - West facing windows get most of the afternoon light. They get a lot of direct sun and therefore is a great spot for your desert plants such a cacti and succulents

 

How to increase humidity - Keep Things Tropical

A lot of plants hail from warm tropical climates and are used to a very different environment to our homes. To keep plants happy try to mimic this by providing the right amount of light, water and humidity. Increasing the humidity prevents your plants from turning dry and crispy.

There are many ways to increase the humidity of your room. You can group plants together, place plants on pebble trays filled with water, mist them, place in a humid room like a kitchen or bathroom, or invest in a humidifier.

Some plants that have fuzzy leaves do not like to be misted, so do your own research to make sure you pick the best way to increase the humidity without damaging the plant.

 

How and when to fertilise - Feeding Your Plants

Figuring out when to feed and how much to feed your houseplant can be a bit of a challenge. There are some tricks you can follow to take the guess work out of fertilising your plant.

The trick is to follow your plants natural growth cycle. Start to fertilise your plant during its growing season. In the beginning, it's recommended you feed your plant with a very weak fertiliser increasing in strength with every feed.

Do the bulk of your feeding during the summer months and begin to taper off as you enter into Autumn. Plants do not need to be fed in the Winter as they are not actively growing.

Slow-release and liquid fertiliser are the favourites for indoor plants. Simply dilute into water as per package instructions.

To Conclude

  • Increase your watering schedule. Plants are much thirstier in the heat.
  • Move plants away from any bright windows. Even your sun loving plants should be at least 2 feet away from any windows
  • Up the humidity. Try misting twice a day.
  • Keep plants cool but away from your air conditioning unit as the fan can dry them out.
  • During a heatwave hold off on re-potting and/or fertilising them as it'll put them into a state of shock.

 

 

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