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Portland Nursery

Coping with Summer Sunburn

The heat of the summer is really doing a number on some plants, but for some it is hard to diagnosis summer burn on their plants. William took a tour of his garden to show us what the burn looked like on his plants.

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If you see browning on the exposed part of the leaf, but the new growth is green and healthy, then it is most likely sunburn. If you feel you need to get rid of it you can trim off the burned parts. It is recommended that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the plant.

If you are looking for preventative measures, keep an eye on the forecast and if you see a heat wave coming, try to water more frequently and more deeply. If you have a plant that is constantly getting burned, then mark it and move it to a shadier place in your garden when the weather gets cooler.

More questions about sunburn and whether your plants have it or another diseas? Bring a sample into one of stores to our Information Counters.

(Original air date: 7/19/2008 on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'