It’s hot, muggy, and just generally overwhelming outside. And according to meteorologists, it isn’t going away anytime soon.
When it’s this humid out, it’s easy to forget that hanging plants, or those in containers, still need watering. Even after a storm, soil dries out quickly in this heat, and amount of water in the air is not a reliable indicator of how damp the conditions are for your plants. But we have a few tips to keep in mind, as we go through the warmest part of the year…
It is better to water thoroughly and less frequently than more frequently and less thoroughly. This also can be said about plants in the ground. Why? Watering thoroughly means that the moisture extends all the way down to the bottom of the container. And the roots will follow the moisture down, meaning that more of the plant is deeper below ground, where the temperature stays more constant.
The upper level of the soil, as the closest to the sun, warms more quickly and gets hotter than the lower sections. So if your plant roots are all in the topmost layer of the soil, they are vulnerable to extreme heat that is so common this time of year.
We hope this helps you keep your plants from wilting through the worst of the summer weather!