How do you care for summer plants?

March 18, 2008 7:01am CST
A few weeks back I planted some summer saplings on earthen pots on my balcony. Well my balcony faces west and by early afternoon, the hot sun is blazing down. The saplings wilted and died. I replanted and covered the iron grill of the balcony by a long piece of cloth on one side so that the sun did not shine in whereas there’ air too. The plants still wilted and died. I am planning to restart this weekend. I water them twice, I have added some fertilizer too and I till the soil occasionally. Any idea why they aren’t surviving? Do you have any experience of growing flowering plants on pots during summer?
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@marciascott (25553)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Sounds like you are over watering your plants, you don't need to water them, 2 a week, are they facing the Sun, whatis the temperture, I have an idea, why don't you put in your search engine, the name of your plant, I bet they can tell you how to care for your plants.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
21 Mar 08
hi sudipta! maybe the plants you are growing don't really adapt too well during summer. maybe you should put it somewhere with a lower temperature. i don't really have much good experiences with growing flowering plants during summer. i usually grow plants that are tolerant of high temperatures and less water or any advert conditions. its because i am not at home everyday so i can't really take care of them everyday. i have flowering plants that blooms during summer and they already have flowers since February. they are really beautiful even if i haven't been taking care of them lately. but i still make it a point to tend to them once in a while. good luck with your plants!
• India
24 Mar 08
What have you planted? Maybe I’ll try them next summer. r these flowering plnts?
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
25 Mar 08
i'm sorry sudipta but i don't know that name of the plant. all i know is that it is a relative of a herbal plant called "katakataka". but unlike katakataka, the plant is a flowering plant. i'd post a photo here this coming weekend when i get home.
@Foxfire1875 (2011)
18 Mar 08
Earthen pots dry out very quickly so it looks like the plants aren't getting enough water. Try using plastic pots or put something round the earthen pots so that the sun doesn't dry them out so quickly. Maybe it's the type of plants you are growing. Choose plants that will thrive in hot sunny conditions.