How to make sure your houseplants survive the heatwave

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Are your houseplants looking less than hot in the summer heat? We can help (Picture: Getty Images)

The weather is hotting up and these past few days have been a scorcher.

Depending on your view of hot weather, you’ll either be busting your swimwear out to bask in the sunshine or gathering as many fans and parasols as you can to shield yourself from climbing temperatures.

But we all know who won’t be happy about the sudden burst of extreme temperatures – your houseplants.

If you have spent precious time investing in gorgeous, leafy friends to brighten up your home – the impending heat is not going to be welcome news.

And your thirsty plants will need even more love and affection as the temperature climbs.

So, if you don’t want a cluster of plant corpses on your hands, there are some things you can do to ensure their survival.

How to make sure your houseplants survive the heatwave

Interior and garden expert Felix Wilson, from, has shared his top tips for keeping your houseplants luscious, happy, and, crucially, alive, during this extreme period of weather.

He explained: ‘The common assumption is that when the UK is experiencing a heatwave, it is best to move houseplants into a cool spot near a fan.

‘This is actually one of the worst things that you can do. A fan will dehydrate the air around the plant. This robs it of moisture and causes it to shrivel and even die’.

Felix says that the most important thing to do is to water your plants efficiently – and this will lead to a long and healthy life. 

‘Many people approach me with tales on how they cannot keep their house plants alive even though they frequently water them,’ Felix tells us.

You may be tempted to prune old, dry leaves but they could be providing shade (Picture: Getty Images)

‘More than likely, they are not following the proper rules.’

Felix says that these are the critical rules to follow to make sure your plants stay healthy throughout the heatwave:

Water the soil

Yes, it seems obvious however, plant growing novices often water their plants with a watering can directly above its leaves. 

Leave the leaves alone and only focus on the soil. 

Plants should be watered with water that is at room temperature. Anything that is to hot or to cold will shock them.

To test if your plant needs watering, check the soil a few inches below the surface.  If that soil is dry then it needs watering. If it is just the surface soil that is dry, wait another day to water it.

It may seem obvious, but watering your plants is vital in the hot weather (Picture: Getty Images)

Do not let your plant sit in water

This will lead the roots to rot and attract unwanted bugs and flies.  …read more

Source:: Metro


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