Magazine article Sunset

Heat-Tolerant Containers

Magazine article Sunset

Heat-Tolerant Containers

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Once summer begins to sizzle it can be tough to keep up with watering container gardens. Stoneware pots hold in heat and moisture dries quickly. When you're thinking about setting up a container garden, choose plants that love dry environments, such as succulents and cactus. This container garden showcases fan aloe (Aloeplicatilis). Succulents and cactus can handle the heat and even thrive in it. Other distinctive, heat-tolerant plants for containers include Aeonium 'Sunburst', Agave 'Blue Flame', rock purslane, Echeveria 'Imbricata', and Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'.

hydrangeas, marguerites, mums, and verbenas can be grown from cuttings. Root them in a mix of milled peat, sand, and garden soil. Provide filtered light and keep medium moist for about a month until they are established.

Keep citrus and avocado trees well watered through the summer. Build a basin for water to soak in deeply, starting 1 foot away from the trunk.

Place melons and squash onto aluminum pie plates, cans, baskets, or boards to protect them from snails and slugs. Water and fertilize melon plants deeply once a week for juicy, fleshy fruits, but stop irrigating them about a week before harvest so their sugars concentrate.

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Pick ripe beans, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, squash, and tomatoes at least every other day to encourage further production.

Pinch back herbs to encourage branching and use the clippings either fresh or dried. Their flavor is at its peak just before blossoms appear. Cut early in the morning öfter the dew has dried but before the fragrant oils dissipate in the heat. …

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