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.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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