Garden Plants that Like the Heat

AmaranthGardening indoors is a breeze, but not everybody has the luxury of affording a climate-controlled greenhouse where nearly every plant can thrive. Many plants and flowers thrive better in warmer conditions, and some can’t take any form of cold at all. Gardeners who are planning to plant these heat-loving flowers and plants should be aware of their needs and monitor their conditions thoroughly if their proliferation is the goal.

Sun-kissed plants and flowers

Every plant needs the sun for photosynthesis, but most of attractive flowers and plants that really add color to gardens thrive better in hotter conditions. Flowers like the Amaranth, Wheat Celosia, and the California Poppy cannot tolerate wet or rich soil and thrives better without any form of shade. These are also more sensitive to transplanting, which means the choice where to plant them is crucial for them to actually thrive and proliferate. Similar flowers that resent the cool and shade include cypress vines, rose moss, marigolds, and common zinnias. Of particular note are Petunias and its relatives, which do not thrive when there’s frequent rain or humidity and require a full sun exposure to grow properly. These flowers typically need watering only once a weak, although in times of drought, this should be increased, as these will still starve without water.

Bring up the heat with chili peppers

Chili PepperChili peppers, jalapenos, and paprika thrive better in hotter climates, and it isn’t surprising considering they’re pretty hot themselves. But, the heat doesn’t just make it thrive. Studies show that chili peppers that grow outside in the right conditions actually have a more pronounced taste and flavor.

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To make chili peppers thrive, it is recommended that gardeners begin sowing their seeds as soon as the heat starts picking up. Chilies need lots of warmth during the germination process, which is roughly 7 to 10 days long. Planting during the summer is an effective way to ensure that they thrive during their germination process as the risks of sudden rains or frost is minimal. Seeds should be sown in moist, but not overly soaking wet free-draining soil. This should also be covered with a small amount of compost or vermiculite.

These should be placed somewhere warm until it is large enough to handle; by this time, it may be wise to transplant them into another area if the weather seems a bit unfavorable. It is important to water them regularly. But, if getting hot peppers is the goal, it might be wise to keep them a bit on the dry side to slightly stress them. Doing so will increase the likelihood of hotter and spicier chili peppers.

Plants may thrive in sun and water, but most prefer the heat alone and just a little bit of water to get by. Gardeners planning on planting heat-loving plants and flowers should be aware of their specialized needs to make sure they thrive well.