Beat the Heat: How to Care for Your Gift Plants during Summer

Hot summer days can turn even the sturdiest plants into wilting messes. Even for indoor gift plants, warm days or constant air conditioning can stress a plant out so much that it won’t last through the season. So just what do you do to keep your Giving Plants gift plants from fading away during the summer months? Here are a few pointers to keep your green friends healthy and happy during the dog days of summer.

Money Tree

Money trees fare best in rooms that have indirect light. And these green beauties love humidity—in fact, a room with 50% or more humidity is ideal. (If you live in a climate that is both hot and dry, you can use a humidifier to moisten the air.) Since extreme temperatures can cause the money tree to go into shock, be sure to place it away from A/C and heat vents and keep it away from open windows, where drafts of hot or cool air can cause problems.

Water the money tree until you see water coming out of the drainage holes, and then empty the tray underneath and replace it under the plant. This will tell you that it’s well-watered—though you should take care not to overwater it or it may cause root rot. Check your plant every few days until you notice the top 2-4 inches of soil is dry, then repeat the watering process.

Gardenia

Gardenia plants are known to be a tad fickle—but keep them in the right conditions and care for them correctly and you will be rewarded with white, fragrant blossoms during their blooming season (typically in spring and summer). The gardenia plant fares best in a room with bright, indirect light. When keeping your gardenia plant indoors during summer, place it in a southern-facing window if available. Set it near the window, but preferably not on a windowsill or anywhere that the plant gets a lot of direct sunlight (as this will scorch the plant).

Since gardenias love a humid environment (somewhere between 50 to 60% humidity), you can use a humidifier if the air is too dry. However, misting your gardenia plant is not recommended as it may cause fungus growth on the leaves.

Your gardenia will tell you when it needs water: check its soil every few days and when the top 1-2 inches feel dry, water it. If it feels soggy or damp, you are probably overwatering it and need to wait until it dries out a bit before watering again.

Peace Lily

Since the peace lily is a tropical plant, it loves humid environments with some sunlight and a consistently moist (but not soaking!) soil. Mist the plant’s leaves daily or every other day with distilled water to keep it happy in warmer weather. These delicate plants fare best in warmer temperatures (70 degrees or higher), so summer won’t phase them—especially if they have enough water.

A well-lit room—preferably with an east- or west-facing window—is the ideal place for peace lilies. And since they don’t usually bloom in summer (but typically only in spring and possibly fall), don’t expect to see any delicate white flowers just yet. However, a well-cared for peace lily in the summer will reward you with a long, healthy blooming period when it does arrive.

A beautiful but somewhat sensitive plant, the peace lily is easily affected by the chemicals found in tap water. Use filtered water when watering, and room temperature water is preferred.

Lavender

Lavender plants require a lot of light to keep them happy. If possible, place your lavender plant near a south-facing window, preferably in direct sunlight, during summer. The plant will fare best in conditions where it receives a minimum of 3-4 hours of direct sunlight per day. If your lavender plant starts to become spindly, that means it’s not getting enough light; if this is the case, it may be best to place the plant outside in a semi-shaded area where it can enjoy more sun.

When it comes to watering, we recommend drenching the soil of the lavender plant, and then allowing it to dry out (but not too much!) before watering it next. The growing conditions of the plant and the climate will affect how often you should water it, but check the soil with your finger every few days. When it feels slightly, but not overly, dry, it’s time to water again. Other ways to tell how much (or little) water your lavender plant is getting is by its leaves: if they’re yellowing, that means it needs more (or more frequent) watering.

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