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Success In Hot Weather: A Planting Checklist

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Things To Know About Transplanting In The Heat

We have a few planting tips to help your plants transition and flourish in their new home during the hot weather.

Summer Planting Tips

  • Hot nursery containers do not retain water for very long, so be sure to plant new plants in the ground or a larger container as soon as possible.
  • Until planting, keep your plant out of direct sunlight, and water when the top layer of soil is dry.
  • As a guide, during triple-digit weather, quart-sized containers can require watering up to three times per day, while gallon-sized containers can require watering up to two times per day.
  • Plant early morning or evening, when it's cooler, to reduce plant heat stress—and you'll be more comfortable too!
  • Once planted, apply a 2"-3" layer of mulch around the roots—but not touching the base of the plant—to help cool the roots and slow evaporation of water from the soil.
  • Sensitive plants may benefit from an application of a foliar spray formulated to slow the water loss through the leaves when temperatures are near 100 degrees. Some examples of sensitive plants include Japanese Maples, Fuchsias, and some tropical varieties.


We're here to help! Our garden gurus can answer questions about the specific conditions your plants need to thrive.

We also diagnose plant problems like pests and disease. Simply bring a picture or sample of a struggling plant to one of our locations and we can suggest a solution.

Happy Planting!
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