Gardening tip: Watering plants to withstand the heat

Check garden beds for wilting plants that might not have received enough water from a sprinkler or irrigation system. Drooping leaves are a sign of dry roots and stress. Use a large watering can or bucket to thoroughly soak the root zone. Spray the leaves of severely wilted plants. Morning is the best time for watering.

Adrian Higgins

Water pouring from a blue watering can onto a blooming flower bed (istock)
Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."
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