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Water Your Plants This Summer

Jun 30, 2019
LSU AgCenter

How do we get our plants through the summer, especially with extended periods of drought followed by torrential downpours? We want to keep our plans from getting stressed.

When it heats up, smaller and newly-planted plants will become stressed by the heat. Container plants are even more dependent upon the home gardener for help to combat the heat. Plants deal with the heat much like we do, with water. Plants use evapotransporation to transport water to their surface, sort of like sweating works for us.

Tips For Summer Vegetables

Jun 2, 2018
LSU AgCenter

The high temperatures we're bound to encounter can take their toll on spring and early summer vegetables. Tomatoes will set fewer flowers; snap beans will produce poorer quality beans. Conversely, with some vegetables... the hotter it gets, the better they do.

Remember that mid-summer gardening is different from gardening in the spring. You'll need to remember thorough irrigation to counter the summer's long stretches of hot, dry conditions.

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Oppressive heat and humidity are a part of the late summer here in south Louisiana-- as much as good food and music are a part of our local culture. Despite the heat, gardening continues for those who can stand it.

Flower beds may not be looking their best right now. Our long growing season and abundance of insect and disease problems generally makes it unreasonable to expect all bedding plants to hold up from May through October.


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Some of the most popular vegetables planted in home vegetable gardens belong to the cucumber family. Members of this family are called cucurbits. Many from this family can be planted this month, including summer squash, winter squash, mirliton, pumpkin, gourd, gugutka, watermelon, cantaloupe, cushaw, luffa, and, of course, cucumber.

All of these vegetables produce vines that crawl along the ground or climb. Summer squash is the exception as the vines are more bush-like.

One thing to remember is that both sexes of flowers grow on the same plant, so you don't need multiple plants.

Avoid using insecticides on your flowers in the morning, which is when your pollinators will be most active.


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Are your roses looking pretty pathetic right now? Heat takes its toll on plants and people alike during the summer here in Baton Rouge. But effort made now will ensure a beautiful rose blooming season in through October, November, and early December.


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If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don't let the heat stop you. Nurseries have an excellent selection of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat the summer throws at them. These plants come in a variety of heights, textures, and colors.