In Florida, it doesn’t take very long for the strong heat to arrive. This is why it’s important to take measures to insure your garden is prepared for the warmer months of the year.
- Using native plants will prevent the need for watering too much. Hybrids and exotic plants require much more care to stay alive in the heat.
- 90 degrees seems to be the cap for most plants. Any temperature above that, especially for extended periods of time, can cause injury or kill your plant altogether.
- If the soil gets hot easily it can be difficult for your plant to stay cool. Use mulch to regulate soil temperature and look for spaces where the roots can grow deep. Potted plants suffer most if the plant is shallow-rooted.
- Bright, cloudless summer days can mean direct, strong exposure to heat for extended periods of time. Even reflections form nearby objects like buildings or pavement can cause extreme heat exposure. Consider the positioning of a potted plant during summer months.
- Watering should take place early in the morning, or late at night. Watering in the hot sun may mean the water evaporates too quickly to nurture the plant.
Plants grow faster in the heat, so fertilize with caution when it’s hotter. Nutrients absorbed too quickly can damage the plant.