Keep Your Flowers From Wilting During the Dog Days of Summer

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You probably feel like your wilting in the afternoons on these extremely hot summer days, so it is no surprise when you come home to flowers and landscaping that are wilting as well. Yes, these plants like the summer warmth and sun, but there comes a point when the heat is too much. There are certain steps you should take to care for your flowers when we are in the midst of a heat wave. First, you need to determine that the wilting is in fact caused by the heat and not one of the many other factors that cause wilting, such as over watering or disease. If the temperature is above 86 degrees, you can be pretty confident that it is the heat causing the wilt. When wilting is prolonged, you run into the possibly of your flowers getting invaded by pests or even dying. Proper care of your flowers should be starting long before the hot days arrive with proper feeding, consistent, deep watering and weeding. If you live in a climate that is consistently hot ever summer, there are certain flowers you should avoid, like hydrangeas. When cutting flowers from your garden on hot days, do it in the morning before heat gets really bad and immediately place the flowers into a bucket of water to keep them from wilting. It is important not to neglect your flowers and landscaping during these hot summer days. Consistent, good care of your flowers is the only way you are going to get them to last into the fall.

The dog days of summer are here, and with them come hard times for some of our precious flowers, whether they are cut, potted, or in the garden. One of the unsightly symptoms of heat distress is wilting: Believe it or not, in hot weather, wilting is kind of like the plant version of sweating! There are some steps that you can take to make your flowers more comfortable in the heat and to perhaps prevent wilting. Here are some tips I have put together for you.

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