Doing your bit for green cover isn’t just a catch phrase any more. The simplest way to donate to the environment would be to probably grow as numerous potted plants in your balcony/porch as possible. However, caring for potted plants is no easy task. Constant monitoring is important to a lively garden. Of several issues that might crop up for a home gardener, one is the way to ensure the plants are able to sustain during the scorching summer season. In many parts of the world, especially regions with tropical climate, temperatures can soar beyond 40 degrees Celsius, which is hard for humans and plants alike. Luckily, there are a few simple tips which may help you make sure the greenery of your balcony is retained through these temperatures.
Choose your plants carefully
Like the concept of crop-rotation in agriculture, even potted plants will need to be rotated. Do your own research rather than relying on the version of the regional nursery keeper. A few examples of hardy summer plants may be cactus, summertime plants (cucumber, onions, tomatoes, chillies, pumpkin, to name a couple ), summer flowering plants (hibiscus, lilies, petunia, jasmine, and so on), non-flowering plants with light green or whitish leaves, any other plant that looks hardy. Be sure to plant less amount of flowering plants as compared to non-flowering plants, because flowering plants generally require more care regardless of the season.
Even though it’s quite a no-brainer that plants will need to be watered regularly and sensibly, it is surprising to find how many home gardeners get it wrong. Watering is inadequate, it’s very important to use just the perfect amount and the right way to administer it. In peak summer, continuous monitoring is crucial, because most plants would need to be watered twice daily, once in the morning, and once in the evening. Although the morning water is an absolute requirement, the need for watering in the evening may vary depending upon the hardiness of the plant. Some plants just seem to soak up all of the water you can give, but some do fine with a bit less. The key is to monitor the top of the soil for dryness and cracks. If the soil is dry, then add as much water as is necessary for the surface to be wet again. If it is cracked, water a bit more deeply, because you need to have ideally watered it before the cracks began to appear. Along with the soil, it is also crucial to sprinkle water on the leaves every other day or so, to make up for the whole loss of rainfall.
It does not imply that you will need to increase the frequency of supplementing fertilizers, it simply means that you will need to strictly maintain your fertilizing routine without a miss. Unlike during the monsoon season, when plenty of rain ensures high frequency of fertilizers isn’t essential (although it does not harm), during summer, all your plants have to continue to for nourishment are the fertilizers.
Other tips for summer gardening include supplying as much colour to your plants as you can, by transferring the plants around, staying alert for pests, and regularly using chemical-free medicines to be able to prevent them, and last of all, loving your plants, and spending time together. Yes, they could feel it!