Take a look around some gardens at this time of the year, certain plants are looking fantastic, while others are struggling. Plants have different coping strategies for coping with extremes of temperature. If a plant in your garden isn’t looking quite right, it may be just feeling the effects of extreme weather:
Plants and their heat coping strategies:
- The Eucalypts rain leaves, they are shedding their unwanted or extra foliage. The more leaves on the plant the more moisture needed.
- Some plants fold their leaves upwards to reduce water loss through transpiration, while others will fold and curl down.
- Hibiscus leaves turn bright yellow and then eventually drop.