Today's Topic and Podcast Episode

Learn what plant heat stress is, what plants are affected, and what signs to look for on this quick garden minute podcast.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Definition of plant stress
  • Which plants can be affected
  • Signs to look for in your garden of heat stress

What is Plant Heat Stress?

With extreme hot temperatures this summer, we are seeing heat stress in our garden and you probably are too, but do you know what to look for?

And, do you know the kinds of plants, in general, heat stress will affect?

Heat stress happens when garden temperatures reach 90F or above repeatedly for over a week or longer.

These extreme temperatures can affect any cool season annuals and perennial plants, along with other summer flowering plants that rely on temperatures below 90F to grow at their best.


Plants in Our Garden Susceptible to Heat Stress

  • Black-eyed Susan Vine
  • Dianthus
  • Petunias
  • Dahlias
  • Hydrangeas
  • Hot Lips Salvia
  • African Daisies
  • Primrose
  • Pansies and Violas


The signs of summer heat stress to look for are:

  • A slowing or stopping of growth and flowering
  • Leaves and stems possibly droop or look wilted
  • Dropping of flowers and developing fruit off a plant
  • Crispy looking leaves
  • Bolting of cool season vegetables and flowers like lettuce, kale, broccoli, and the like


If you have any of these or similar plants, make sure to check on them during days with extremely high temperatures of 90F or above to see if they need any extra shade, water, or further tlc.

If your plants exhibiting heat stress are cool-season flowering or vegetable plants, really all you can do is wait out the hot weather.

If any of these plants are in containers, you can definitely move them to shaded areas or areas that stay cooler during the high heat of the day.

Placing them inside a garage on a cool concrete floor can also help them cool down a bit.

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