I’m a gardening expert, here are five simple steps to stop your plants from wilting in the heat | The Sun

THE WEATHER is up and down at the moment.

But with hot weather sprinkled throughout the week, it's best to know how to keep your plants from wilting during the sunny weather.

Luckily, a gardening expert has revealed the five simple steps you can take to make sure your plants still thrive even during a heatwave.

The first step is to make sure you are watering your plants thoroughly during the morning at the base of the plant.

This allows the roots to grow deeper into the soil where most of the water sits so they stay hydrated.

It's advised to water them once a week but it can depend on the type of soil you have, reports the Express.


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Another pro tip is to mulch your plants to help lock in the moisture.

Mulch is a combination of grass clippings, pine needles and shredded leaves and can help improve the soil’s structure, drainage, and nutrient-holding capacity as it decomposes.

You can apply two or three inches to your soil for the best effects.

If your plants are potted, it could be worth moving them to a larger pot that is light in colour.

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Dark shades often absorb and retain heat which could be drying your plants out more.

Larget pots will also help with airflow and shading, and it's vital to make sure it has good drainage holes to stop the roots from drowning.

It could also be worth setting up a shady spot in your garden by using a beach umbrella or hooking up some cloth.

This method is particularly helpful for vegetables, according to Gardening Know How.

Make sure the cloth is light in colour and has good airflow.

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Lastly, you can always give your plants some extra nutrients to help them cope with the heat.

As well as mulch, coffee grounds work as well as does your plant's recommended fertiliser.

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