Say Goodbye to Wilting Flowers This Summer

Have you seen one too many brown petals on your flowers this summer? Wilted flowers and plants are not uncommon and can be discouraging, especially after months of prep and care. Multiple factors can contribute to wilting plants ' including soil composition, pests, lack of water and disease; however, there are a few steps you can take to help them perk up and bring liveliness back into your garden.  

 

 

Put those extra plastic grocery bags to work

A surefire way to keep your potted flowers vibrant this summer is to provide them with adequate moisture; but, be cautious not to drown or overwater your plants in water. For container plants, put soil in a plastic bag within the pot. Poking a few holes in the plastic bag will allow drainage, but helps the plant retain more moisture. However, stay away from using plastic grocery bags for in-ground plants, as toxins from the plastic could seep into your yard. 

Wake up early

It's recommended to water plants in the morning rather than during the heat of the day, as a cool morning provides the perfect opportunity for water to trickle down into plants' roots for proper absorption. If you water plants during peak sun hours, water may evaporate too quickly under direct sunlight, leaving your plants thirsty and malnourished.

Leave space for growth

Plants living too close to one another can create competition for water. Most nursery-grown plants include planting directions on the label to offer guidance on the appropriate distance to place plants. If such details are not available, it's recommended to plant small perennials 6-12 inches apart and larger 2- to 3-foot-tall perennials 12-18 inches apart as general measure. For anything taller than 3 feet, it's best to plant 18-36 inches apart. You can always contact your local nursery for more concrete direction, if needed. 

Utilize old newspapers

When pulling weeds from your flower bed, apply 2-3 inches of mulch to help trap moisture in the soil. To further protect your flower beds from moisture-stealing weeds, apply a layer of newspaper underneath mulch. Newspaper is nontoxic and will decompose into the soil, aiding to ward off weeds and helping to keep your beds full of moisture.