Hot weather potted plant Strategy

April 28, 2018

 

If your potted plants are drying out too quickly, consider a strategy that will help retain soil moisture and keep plant roots cooler: Move pots where they get some afternoon shade. Mass containers together so that they shade one another’s roots, making sure to allow for sufficient air circulation and light penetration. Use lighter-colored pots for lower heat gain. Use larger containers with a higher mass-to-surface-area ratio so that the relative root area exposed to the solar-heated pot is reduced. Use porous containers (for example, terra-cotta vs. glazed ceramic); evaporation cools the surface of the pot. Use trailing to shade the pot’s surface

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