As the weather warms up, it’s time to switch up your plant care routine to make sure your plants continue to thrive this Summer. Follow these tips to keep your indoor plants happy and healthy in the warmer months.
In the same way that you find yourself reaching for a cold beverage more often in the summer, your plants too will likely need a bit more water during the warmer months. Keep an eye out for signs that your plant may be under-watered and thirsty; some indicators are wilting, drooping, or curling leaves. Since sun and heat will cause water to evaporate from the soil quicker, try giving your plants a drink of water in the early evening when the sun is less bright.
If you live in a dryer climate, you’ll likely need to add a bit of moisture to the air to keep your plants happy. As with other things, be sure to check your plant’s individual care instructions to find out if she prefers humidity vs. dry climates. If your plant does need a more humid climate, you can mist her leaves with filtered water. Alternatively, we recommend running your humidifier for a few hours a day.
Pruning and Dusting
Summer is a great time to do a health check on the leaves of your plant. Pruning dead or dying leaves, and clearing the soil of them, is a great way to ensure that your plant doesn’t attract bugs or diseases. When removing large stems completely, cut as close to the main stem as possible or all the way to the base of the plant. In addition to pruning, be sure to dust your plant’s leaves every couple of weeks. Clean the leaves with a damp cloth to remove any dust, pollen or air pollutants that may have settled.
If you live in an extra warm climate, you’ll likely be using your AC more than usual. It’s important to note that many plants are quite sensitive to the dramatic change in temperature and drafts. A few tips to keep everyone happy include monitoring your home’s temperature to ensure that it’s not dropping below your plant’s preferred temperature range. If it is, you may want to consider moving your plant to a part of the house that stays a little warmer (for example, a bathroom). You may also want to consider setting the AC to a higher temperature (or turning it of all together) when you’re out of the house. Finally, it’s important to move plants away from A/C vents.
The beginning of the warm season is a good time to revisit your plant’s ideal sunlight intake and survey your plants and their position relative to large windows or doors. The sun is likely quite a bit stronger than it was in previous months so it’s important to reposition plants that are getting more bright, direct sunlight than they were meant to.