When the temperature goes over 90 degrees; an extra dose of love and care will help keep your flowers flourishing throughout the summer.
Check flowers twice daily for water, once in the morning and again in the evening. Some pots/beds may require additional water applications to fight the heat.
Apply enough water so that the water is coming out the bottom of container, especially hanging baskets.
If a basket or patio pot seems to be stressing and ‘going down’, do not panic!
Flowers pots that may be struggling in the heat should be moved to a protected location to take off the stress. Water thoroughly. Then when it cools down, move them back to original location.
Don’t get caught over-watering when temps cool down again.
Keep up with your regular fertilizer regime.
Fertilize every 7-14 days with our Jack’s Blossom Booster or Petunia Feed. When we water more, nutrients are washed out of the soil and flowers need that extra ‘fuel’ to keep producing.
Prune and cut back straggly growth, especially from petunias, callies and verbena. This helps the plant put energy into new growth. Don’t be afraid to give your plants a little haircut. They will flush out again even bigger and better. A sharp pair of garden shears will be your best friend this summer.
Is the location good for your plants? As the sun moves around in the summer, a patio pot that was doing fantastic in May is now struggling in the hot sun. Move your container around a shadier location and see if that helps with the stress. Or maybe it is the opposite – a fully leafed out tree may now be hindering growth of sunny flowers. Move to the sun.
In the landscape, any newly planted roses, perennials, shrubs, or trees will require additional irrigation applications.
Nothing is automatic about automatic irrigation systems. Check to make sure it is operating properly. In between automatic irrigation applications, supplement with a manual application of water from your hose to keep newly planted flowers from drying out.