Don’t Make These 7 Common Summertime Houseplant Mistakes

Houseplants in sunny window

As the weather warms up, it’s only natural for us to spend more time outdoors. Of course, going outside is a bit different in the summer than it is during other times of the year. Lighter clothes are always a good idea, and drinking extra water is a great way to ensure you don’t get dehydrated. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen and a sunhat.

While you’re at it, don’t forget your houseplants.

With longer, warmer days, your plants also have different needs during the summertime. But far too often, houseplant owners continue with their normal plant care routine. Unfortunately, if a plant’s needs aren’t met, you may find yourself with fewer houseplants come fall.

Summertime is the Time to Grow

Lush houseplants, monstera

One of the most important aspects of summertime plant care is knowing this is a time of rapid growth for nearly all houseplants. Or, at least it should be if they receive the proper care.

Most plants go dormant during the cooler days and long nights of winter. They require less water, and their growth becomes stagnant. Some plants, like the Christmas cactus, flower during this time. Their hard work, growing and storing nutrients all summer long, pays off in showy blooms.

But for the most part, if it’s cool and dark, your plants are happy to chill in their pots. But come spring, as periods of light grow longer, your sleepy houseplant will come out of dormancy. By the time warm weather is here to stay, your plant is ready to grow. Naturally, this requires different care.

I’ve rounded up the most common summertime houseplant issues you need to know. By the end of this article, you’ll be well on your way to healthier, bigger and lusher houseplants come the end of summer.


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