Not unlike people, plants get uncomfortable, sweaty, and dehydrated during hot days. Though some crops (such as tomatoes, melons, corn, squash, aster, and daylilies) can thrive in 90 degree temperatures as long as they have enough water, other plants (spinach, cilantro, broccoli, daffodils, tulips, pansies) prefer cool weather, and thus require extra care during the summer months. Some simple planning and preventative techniques can keep your garden from suffering as temperatures continue to rise.
First, be aware of the signs of heat stress in plants. In extreme cold weather, plants with poor cold-tolerance will simply die. In extreme heat, many plants will exhibit symptoms that hint at discomfort or unhealthi…..