Summer has truly arrived in Northern Michigan this July. With temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s, your annual plantings can start to look a little sad. Try these few tricks to help revive your hot plants!
- If you are thirsty, so are they! This rule goes for not only annuals, but perennials too. If you notice your plant starting to droop, give it a healthy drink of water. Just like us, plants need more water on the hotter days. Watering plants can help perk them up in a matter of hours.
- Try adding a thin layer of mulch to your container planters. This will help avoid rapid evaporation of water, as mulch holds on to water longer than soil alone.
- Be sure to ‘dead head’ your annuals.
- Dead heading is simply removing the spent flowers or blooms to help keep it blooming longer.
- Remove the old flower by pinching off the stem just below the base of the flower.
- Just pulling off flower petals is not going to make the flower re-bloom…the entire developing seed pod needs to be removed.
- For plants with larger stems, removing the flower may leave a long ugly stem behind. Cutting just above the first leaf will remove the stem and flower while leaving the plant itself unharmed.
- Remember some plants do not need to be deadheaded!