While we enjoy the summer heat, our plants may feel a little differently about it. In our last post, we spoke about planting in the hotter summer months; in this one, we’ll speak about keeping your yard blooming and healthy till the autumn months.
Food for thought – and hanging plants. You may have noticed you’re watering your hanging plants more often in the summer time (which you should be), but also keep in mind the constant watering drains the soil of much-needed nutrients. If your potted or hanging plants are growing quickly, they are in need of constant and additional nourishment.
Extras on the side. You may want to be liberal with the addition of plant food now, even if you have used time-release plant food when you first planted them.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Just as humans need more liquids in the summer time, plants appreciate the extra hydration during the warmer weather. The more-diluted-more-often approach to adding liquid plant food to basket plants. If you are too busy to top-dress – or sprinkle the liquid food -on the plants, granular plant food is a decent alternative.
Don’t leaf them alone. Leaf color is a good indicator of hunger in plants, especially when it comes to petunias or calibrachoa, which yellow first if they are hungry. They will require more nutrients than other plants, and will need iron supplements further come late summer.
Calibrate your watering. Remember that newly-planted flowers and plants haven’t yet had time to sink their roots deeply into the soil. Water them more frequently and more deeply so they will grow downwards in the future, and avoid surface cooking from a shallow root mass.
Weed out the undesirables. Pulling young weeds is much easier than pulling mature ones, especially when the ground is moist. Do your weeding first, so that you are giving nutrients to the right plants.
We hope that this post has helped you (and your plants) have an excellent summer! If you are still unsure as to the care of your plants, please give us a Toll-free call at 1-888-9PLANTE or send us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org … We’d love to hear from you!