So the song goes and for many of us summer is the best time of the year. It's the same for our plants, most have woken up from the winter rest period and have (hopefully) shown good growth throughout the spring time. Below are some tips to keep them looking their best throughout the hotter days.
Often, we get asked how much and when? Of course, this will depend on the species, its location and size but a good rule of thumb is to test the soil if it's moist and cool - no need to water yet. If the top 3cm are dry then go ahead water. Just don't over do it and kill your plant with kindness!
Some species this does not apply to are Cacti, Sansevieria (Snake Plant or Mother In-Laws Tongue) and Zanzibar Gem. This hardy trio will easily go weeks without needing a water - location dependent of course. To be honest, even in summer watering these plants is still relatively infrequent. Your tropical plants on the other hand will need weekly (or daily) checking and watering.
Lastly, don't forget to keep up the humidity with frequent misting. Ideally, using rain or distilled water to keep your plant babies truly happy.
2) Plant Food
All this growing requires food. Plants require three main nutrients Phosphorus, Potassium and Nitrogen plus smaller quantities of Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur. We recommend using and organic plant food like our Munash Organics Indoor Plant Foliage Spray and Soil Food, your plants will thank you for it and you'll have peace of mind knowing these products are non-toxic and made here in Victoria. Again, restraint will be required as a little goes a long way.
3) Location, Location, Location
In plant care as in real estate location matters. Where your plant may have flourished over the cooler months may now be too hot for it. Consider moving plants around to find their optimum spot for each season. Not only is it good for your plants but you may also get inspired to give your rooms a little refresh too!
Not able to move your plant to a new room? Even moving it away from a window and out of harsh summer sunlight will save you the heartache of scorched foliage from which some may not recover. Don't forget to consider the air-con and how it will effect your plants. Most plants do not appreciate the cold, dry air.
Why? Because cold air can freeze the plant cells causing water and nutrient deficiency, your plants then starve.
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Happy planting everyone!