Most gardeners feel deeply saddened when plants wilt, decline or worse yet, die. While Summer temperatures rise, the plants and flowers may suffer from lack of water, leaf sunburns and an excess amount of heat.
If your plants look like they’re on their last legs, please remember that appearances can be deceiving. As it happens, it is possible to bring them back from the underworld. All you need to know are the basics tricks of the trade.
Water Plants Correctly
It may sound silly, but lots of people get this simple plant watering wrong. Yes, spraying them with a hosepipe is an excellent way to boost their drinking needs and encourage them to re-grow their leaves or new shoots. This helpful video is super easy and fast to watch and quite frankly, even I had to brush up on some basics of watering during the Summer heat.
Remove The Dead Parts
A plant or flower may look completely damaged, however, the looks might be deceiving. Instead, only a section of the plant is affected and other parts are still healthy and viable. Professor Leyser, of the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: “It is well known that the main growing shoot of a plant can inhibit the growth of the shoots below – that’s why we prune to encourage the growth of branches”. To offer them a fighting chance, it is best to prune the dead foliage and trim away the excess of dead leaves. The reason is simple: new growth competition. Leaves compete with one another to bloom by releasing a chemical called auxin. If there is already too much of this chemical in the stem, the living leaves cannot grow further.
Check On Plants Daily
Responsible gardeners do not leave their plants alone. They keep a constant check and observe plants on their progress. My way of visiting plants is to walk among the rows of plants, touching them, lifting their leaves up and checking underneath the leaves for possible unwelcomed intruders. At the same time, I can evaluate if the plant had enough water that day. In the Summertime, certain signs such as yellow leaves, brown spots, wilted flowers, might mean the area gets too much sun and needs shelter. Drooping implies there is a lack of water in the soil. For more assistance to your garden, try adding compost or organic fertilizer to your garden dirt.
Grow Companion Plants
Why should we grow companion plants? To scare the pests that might damage your plants. Some pests love eating new greenery and emerging shoots. Popular combinations for the vegetable garden are garlic and tomatoes, basil and tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries, rosemary and cabbage, beets and sage, and of course, marigold flower’s odor repels pests, such as aphids, beetles, and soil nematodes away.
Have a very green and full of vitality day, my dear friends.