8 Top Summer Indoor Plant Care Tips

Keep growing conditions cool:

Ensure your indoor plants are in cooler areas during the summer. Move them to cooler rooms if necessary, especially if your office A/C is off during weekends.

Get misty with your plants:

Increase humidity for indoor plants by misting them with water. Place them on trays with pebbles and water to create a humid environment. Be cautious not to overspray and damage electronics or furniture.

Bottoms up!:

Adjust your watering schedule in summer. Water plants deeply and slowly, allowing them to absorb moisture. After watering, let plants sit in a bowl of water for 10 minutes to absorb extra moisture from the bottom.

Check your indoor plants more often:

Regularly check the moisture level of the soil, especially in air-conditioned environments. Water when the soil is dry a few inches below the surface. Consider using a moisture meter, but note they can be unreliable.

Watch for signs of summer stress:

Monitor your plants for signs of stress such as wilted leaves, pale or yellow leaves, brown patches, and dropping flowers or leaves. Address these issues promptly to prevent permanent damage.

Avoid re-potting plants in hot weather:

Re-potting during hot summer days can stress plants. Wait for cooler weather to repot rootbound plants to avoid damaging leaves and roots.

Avoid significant pruning or cleanup:

Delay major pruning until fall to avoid stressing plants. However, clean up yellowing or dying leaves and flowers to prevent pest infestations.

Should you fertilize plants in the summer?:

Fertilize indoor plants in spring and summer, but avoid doing so on very hot or dry days. Use a balanced fertilizer at half strength, but don t fertilize stressed plants. Stick to a schedule of fertilizing in March, May, July, and September.