20160331A.jpgIt’s getting increasingly hot on the average Northern Hemisphere windowsill now that the days are longer and that outdoor temperature are starting to warm up. And the heat wave is far from over: the heat will increase as summer sets in, soon creating an environment that is unbearably hot for most houseplants.

The most obvious advice is of course to move the plants back from the hottest windows during the heat of the summer or to place them in a more dimly lit room… but there is another option.

You can keep the plants right next to a south- or west-facing window, even on the hottest summer days, by drawing a sheer curtain between plants and the glass. This simple barrier will lead to a major drop in temperature, enough for your plants remain happy right next to the window, even in July and August.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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