How do I keep my plants looking healthy and blooming through our summers?

gillnurseryBest Practices, Problem Solving, Timely Tips

Proper watering is key to keeping your plants looking good in the summer.

The best time to water is early in the morning so they are well hydrated going through the heat of the day.

Keeping your plants fed is also very important this time of year.

Nutrients are leached out faster in the hot months since we water more. When we have a stressed plant that has either stopped blooming or has lost its color in the leaves we add Super Thrive to our fertilizer. It is a vitamin additive that helps to give your plant vigor to make it healthy again.

Another way to increase the health of your plants is to add Mycorrhizal Fungi.

What are Mycorrhizae? “ Mycor”and “Rhiza” literally means “fungus” and “root” and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and root fungus, sold as “Bio-tone, Plant-tone & Soil Moist Transplant Formula“. These specialized fungi colonize plant roots and extend far into the soil.

Mycorrhizal Fungal filaments in the soil are extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the roots themselves. In other words, they grow off the roots making a massive root system which allows the plants to take up water and nutrients much faster and more efficiently. The bigger the root system, the less water the plant requires. Watering less often in the summer sounds like a good thing to me.