CORVALLIS, Ore. – Gardeners around the Northwest are distraught by the damage suffered by their plants during the recent heat wave. Questions have come pouring into Oregon State University Extension Service and experts weigh in on what to do now.
There’s no denying the damage is severe, said Heather Stoven, OSU Extension horticulturist. Some plants died and others were fried by the record-breaking temperatures. Even some that look extremely bad, like rhododendrons and hydrangeas, can bounce back. Burned leaves don’t necessarily equal a dead plant, so patience and observation is needed.
Here are some recommendations from Stoven and other experts:
For information on how to be prepared for the next heat wave, turn to this Extension article on gardening in extreme heat.
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