Summer -- Your houseplant’s favorite
time of the year. During the summer months, most of
your plants environmental conditions will be at their
optimum levels. The daylengths will be long, the light
will be strong, and the humidity will be at its highest.
Plants will also benefit from increased air circulation
due to breezes from open windows and the use of fans.
Out of the whole year, houseplants will experience the
most growth during the summer months. That makes summer
a critical time for maintaining the health and conditions
of your houseplants. Below are some tips for summer
- Summer is the best time to fertilize
your houseplants. If you have never fertilized your
houseplants, then summer is a great time to start.
Look for a general, well-balanced fertilizer (or one
specifically formulated for a particular kind of plant).
All fertilizers should contain detailed instructions
on dosage and frequency of application. Proper fertilization
will help give your plants the nutrients they need
for proper growth during the summertime.
- Summer (in particular early summer),
is also a great time for re-potting. With most plants
in their growth stage, root-bound plants will need
a little extra room to grow. Summer is a good time
to go through your houseplant collection, and re-pot
any houseplants which are root-bound.
- In addition to repotting, summer is
also a great time for other routine houseplant maintenance.
Access to warm weather outdoors (if applicable) makes
it easy to hose off houseplants to clean them and
remove dust. If one does not have access to the outdoors,
then this can also be accomplished using a shower,
or a damp washcloth. Other maintenance that can be
preformed during this time includes trimming off brown
leaves, and looking for pests.
- Often times with the scorching summer
heat, plants will dry out fast, and will need to be
watered more frequently than at other times of the
year. Be sure to keep an eye on your plant’s
watering needs (especially during times of very high
temperatures), and be prepared to water more frequently
if need be.
- If possible, most houseplants will
benefit from being summered outdoors. (For more information,
please see PlantOasis.com’s article on summering
- Summer is also a great time to propagate
new houseplants. Cuttings taken during this time will
root and become established quickly. Summer is a great
time to make divisions, take cuttings, and plant seeds.