Monsoons are one of the best times for planting because of the moderate temperature and the additional humidity. They help the roots grow into the soil faster and stronger. Your indoor plants can absorb the moisture in the air and get rid of the excess sunlight received in the summer season. However, monsoons are also the time your plant requires some extra care as it is easy for them to catch infections during this period. Plants like ferns and palm plants grow much more effectively during the rainy season.
GARDENING Tips For The Monsoons
- Water accumulation/stagnation – This is a major issue during the rainy season. Your pots or garden might be collecting a lot of excess water due to the rain. This can damage the soil and its nutrients and be a potential threat to the plant’s life. Make arrangements for proper drainage so that all the excess water can find a way out of your garden. Exposing your plant to sunlight whenever the rain stops might also prove to be helpful.
- Weeds – Weeds can grow very fast during the monsoon and suck up all the nourishment that would otherwise be received by your plant. Keep checking for weeds every few days to make sure your plants are not being starved.
- Earthworms are your friends – Earthworms and other fertilizers will help your soil massively. Earthworms dig holes in your soil that helps in nitration while fertilizers will make sure your soil doesn’t lose its fertility. The holes dug by earthworms also help the water percolate deep into the soil. Make sure you only use organic fertilizers and manures in your garden.
- Physical support – If you have any baby Indoor plants in your garden or other slow-growing varieties that might be vulnerable to strong wind, provide them with physical support to make sure they aren’t getting damaged.
- Soil erosion – Rainwater may cause your soil to get completely eroded which would leave the roots of the plant exposed. This is very harmful to the plants. A solution for this is to create a barrier around your plants, however, make sure this barrier doesn’t lead to waterlogging.
- Go easy on the watering – During this time, Indoor plants require very little watering. Always check the pots for present stagnant water. Overwatering will damage the roots.
- Other worms – Just as how earthworms can massively help your plant, other species of worms might harm it. During the monsoon, plants are prone to worms so make sure you regularly check the pot for any harmful or parasitic worms.
- Perforated sheets – Chances are you’ve seen this before. Perforated sheets are getting very popular as they protect your plant from heavy rain while still providing it with proper ventilation and moisture. Do not go for opaque sheets as they might end up hindering the growth of your plant.
- Pruning – If not regularly, do prune your plants before the monsoon season as this is the time new shoots grow and pruning helps create the space for that.
- Walking on wet soil – Walking on wet soil will compress the soil particles together and squeeze out the necessary oxygen. This will create a problem especially if you walk over the area where you intend to plant new saplings.
- Algae – These uninvited guests might settle down on your soil surface during the monsoons. Put on a pair of nice gloves and remove these shiny algae patches that start growing with the onset of the monsoon.
- Lighting – If you have plants that are dependent on sunlight, monsoons can create problems. However, artificial lighting can prove to be an effective solution. Artificial lights are also capable of removing monsoon insects. In addition, allowing a few frogs to settle in your home plantation will also help in keeping it insect-free.
We hope you enjoyed these tips on keeping your plants healthy and happy during the monsoon. Wildroots is always ready to help you with all the correct gardening guidance and information. If you have additional questions or concerns that haven’t been addressed in the tips above, feel free to contact us!