How Much Water Your Plants Need in The Summer Heat

Can you believe summer is already upon us? As the temperatures begin to rise, it’s important to take some extra consideration for your plants. You’ll want to help your plants adjust to the change in season.

Check out our tips for helping your plants thrive all summer long:

Introducing Indoor Plants Back Outside After Winter: If you took your plants indoors for the cooler winter months, it’s important to prepare them to transition back outside. Start by placing the pants outdoors in a shady spot for a few hours each day. Over the course of a week, increase the outdoor time a bit each day. By day 5 of outdoor exposure, you can put your plants in the morning sun. After 10 days of increased outdoor time including periods of sun exposure, your plant should be ready for outdoor living. Keep in mind, they should not receive full sun all day long as it can scorch the plant. Be sure to water when the soil feels dry.

Water Temperature: While most outdoor plants can usually deal with any temperature water that comes out of your hose or sprinkler system, it is important to pay attention to the water you use for plants that have been brought outside from your home. It’s best to use room temperature water to avoid scorching or shocking these plants. Consider leaving buckets outdoors to catch rainwater and using this water to help keep your plants hydrated. Not only will the temperature be less shocking, but the rain also offers additional minerals and nutrients.

Signs of Overwatering: Although the summer heat makes you feel your plants should be watered more, overwatering can actually hurt your plants. Too much water can cause root issues like edema and can also put the plant at risk for fungal pathogens that can lead to root rot. Signs of overwatering include leaves turning yellow and wilting throughout the stem, bud, and flower. The soil may also smell sour, and you may notice your plant grows slow.

Signs of Underwatering: If your plant is underwatered, there are some easy tell-tale signs you will notice. You can immediately notice that leaf edges will be brown, dry, and curling and stems are brittle and crisp. Your plants may not products blossoms and will likely experience slow, stunted growth. 

Tips for Successful Watering: If your soil is dry to the touch, it’s time to water. This may be every day during the summer or sometimes every other day. When you water, run the water for a longer period of time so that it provides water deep into the soil. This will encourage the plant to grow deeper where it's cool and moist.

We hope your plants thrive this summer, happy planting!