Heat Changes Make it Tough For Plants to Survive

You don't need a thermostat to know how hot it is getting outside, just a few minutes out there can leave you feeling kind of scorched.

With triple digit heat that we reached on Sunday we have to remember the temperature doesn't only affect us, but plants as well.  These serious temperature changes can make it tough for plants to adjust, it can leave it prone to damages, but there are things you can do to make sure they're blossoming in time for summer.

It's the typical time of year Herbert Downes shops for plants, inside his shopping cart more than a dozen Annuals.

"It's a good color for the yard and it takes the heat a little better than some of the others," he said.

"I don't think there's any plants that really thrive when it's 105 degrees with high winds but there are some plants that tolerate that," said Co-owner of Smith's Gardentown, Steve Smith.

He says plants are much like humans when it comes to this steaming weather, they need an adjustment time and more water.

"If people have established plants in the landscape that are beginning to drop they need to watch for that and give them adequate water," Smith said.

He also suggests putting two inches of mulch on floor beds.  The wood pieces work to conserve moisture and moderate the temperature of the soil.  As far as what plants and vegetables are best for this weather, well there's plenty.

"Tomatoes and peppers they stand the heat quite well," he said.  "The Lantanas, Pentas, Marigolds, Verbenas, those kind of plants do take the heat better than some of the others."

Herbert Downes remains optimistic, "Hopefully they will do well in the heat."

The summer heat is no different than prior years but what is different is how quick it came and stayed.

The wind also makes it worse for plants because it causes them to lose water through evaporation and leaves dry out more quickly when wind is blowing then while it's not.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.