COLUMBIA – With recent warm temperatures, it can be difficult to keep your plants alive, especially for new gardeners.
Helmi’s Gardens operations manager Alex Bergman says plants can experience stress as the heat increases throughout the summer months.
“There is definitely more stress on plants in the heat, houseplants, annuals, trees, new plantings. Everything gets a little stressful when it’s so hot,” Bergman said.
The most important thing that comes as no surprise is to make sure you follow the watering.
“If plants are in extreme heat, they’ll drink more, so keeping them well-watered is the best bet for keeping them healthy,” Bergman said.
It is important to check the soil to keep the plants alive and in good condition.
The United States Department of Agriculture has stated that healthy soil is the foundation of a productive garden.
“It’s a living natural resource that associates with billions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes,” the USDA said.
Direct sunlight is another factor that can affect plant health. It depends on the type of plant because not all plants can take direct sunlight.
“Indoor plants, I really wouldn’t put them in direct sun…even shade, like a shady patio is going to be healthier with them. There will be more light than inside your house , and they’re going to love it no matter what,” Bergman said.
Annuals, perennials, and landscaping plants can take full sun, but it depends on what type of plant it is.
Bergman recommends watering once a day if your plant is in a container and the temperature is over 100 degrees.
If your plant is in the ground and well established, Bergman said you’ll be fine because it will draw all the water from its root system.
A general tip she recommends is to check your plant’s soil in various places for water.
“Some things right next to your downspouts can be at a different water level throughout the year, especially right after a rain, they can be wetter or drier than others. places,” Bergman said.
Bergman also says that if you have any problems with your plants, you can call them or bring a picture of your plant to Helmi Gardens to resolve the issue.