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I recently bought two $10 plants and the heat came along now they are burnt and dried out. I’m trying to grow plants regional. Does anyone have any tips on how to protect plants from the summer heat?


Posted by Cynthea Jenke, 8th January 2015


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  • Keep them well watered and try and plant them in appropriate locations in your yard.


  • Keep them in the shade if you can, or place where they get morning sun only. If you can’t then a bit of shade cloth or old Curtin over the top will help protect them.


  • bring small plants to shade. water every now and then or a slow dripping watering system (heaps of DIY in google and its simple too. =)


  • Use a lot of pete moss


  • A soft drink bottle with a loose cap so that it drips slowly during the day


  • Depending on the plant you may need to move it inside or to full shade during summer it maybe the wrong climate for the plant. Don’t forget lots of water


  • Cover them with Shade cloth- even if you use tomato stakes to hold it up, water regularly at night, use water saving crystals when planting


  • Would you happen to know the type of plants you have? Or maybe a picture. It’s hard to give care advice for something when you don’t know what it is…. all you have told us is that you paid 10 dollars for them.


  • I’ve seen a few people around the neighbourhood protecting plants with umbrellas :)


  • Use shade cloth to protect plants from the worst of the suns rays, it might not look too pretty but it works well and is much cheaper than having to replace plants. in my picture I’ve used little hooks on the fence to attach the shade cloth to and bamboo stakes to lift the shade cloth away from the plants as well as garden twine to attach the shade cloth over a tree. Also you can buy watering spikes that you attach a plastic bottle to to get water to the roots of the plant.


  • Thankyou for all your answers. I will take them all onboard


  • Provide new potted plants with the same environment they have come from. Provide plenty of water to the roots and shade, and wind protection. Because they are in pots bring them indoors away from the intense heat of summer if you can.
    Before buying plants do some research to ensure the most suitable plants for your location, visit a local nursery for information and take notice of plants in gardens in your street etc . Some supermarkets sell plants that are not suited and they die once out of the supermarket environment. They also don\\\’t live long in the supermarket either, I have often actually bought reduced plants because they are in sad state and with some TLC they have survived. Plant stalls at markets will generally be a good buy as they are from cuttings and well adapted to your climate conditions.


  • I can’t add much more as the response has been wonderful as usual but water wise crystals may also work. Best of luck.


  • Mulch around them and try to buy appropriate plants for the area you are planting them.


  • Also; sometimes it does depend on where you purchased them. I always get advice from the nursery.


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