VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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THE EFFECTS OF HEAT STRESS!

 

I remember the days when we used to have 4 seasons in Santa Fe.  Now it appears that we have Winter and Summer skipping Spring and Fall.  And this year, everything is messed up so we do not even know what day of the month we are in.  Customers are coming in with pictures of their newly planted flowers and vegetables with what they believe is a disease or a bug eating their plant. After asking a few questions, we determine it is heat stress. When temperatures start climbing higher and hotter, the plant might wilt regardless of how much moisture is in the soil because the roots have not had time to grow into the moist soil yet.
Remember to properly harden off your transplants before putting them out. Plants get sunburn just like people do. Hardening off is not just to acclimate a plant to cold but also acclimating it to the sun and heat.  Resist the temptation to over-water as that will also kill your plant. As the temperatures cool in the evening, you will be able to determine if the plant is properly hydrated. It is always best to transplant early or late in the day and if possible provide some shade in the beginning..

 

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE. HAPPY GARDENING!

 

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