Hydration in Heatwave: The Unquenchable Thirst

Jul 8, 2016

With a wave of dryness hitting the western and southeastern part of Iowa, it can be hard to keep your thirsty plants satisfied. 

During this hour of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State Extension Specialist in Value Added Agriculture, Linda Naeve and Iowa State Extension Horticulturist, Richard Jauron about how the heat affects our plants, and the best watering strategies to keep your plants hydrated this summer. They also discuss the importance of checking leaf color and discuss how to tell if your plants are stressed.

"A well-established tree will have a deep root system, and drought is a part of their life," Jauron said. "But anything planted recently has a fairly small root system, and they just can't tolerate it nearly as well."