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Avoiding sunburn in plants - 4 tips


Plants can also get sunburned. You can read here how such sunburn is noticeable in plants and how you can protect them from them.

Plants can also get sunburned

As a rule, not all plants can get sunburned. Often only very sun-sensitive plants are affected. If a plant suffers from such a sunburn, it can cause it immense damage, in some cases even let it go completely.

We would therefore like to give you useful tips so that your plants do not get sunburnt.

Protect plants from sunburn - 4 tips

»Tip 1 - Get plants used to the sun:

After leaving your winter quarters, usually immediately after the ice saints from around mid-May, plants should only slowly get used to the natural sun rays again. You can do this by assigning them a partially shaded spot in the garden for the first few days.

You can then put the plants in the sun in the morning and evening when the sun slowly gains or decreases in strength. And only after this familiarization phase, which should last about 2 to 3 weeks, can you then expose the plants to sunlight all day. And of course only if they can tolerate the associated temperatures.

»Tip 2 - sun protection:

Alternatively, you can of course also protect your plants from excessive sun radiation with sun protection. Suitable for this is e.g. a flexibly adjustable shade sail or a portable parasol. An awning is of course best for container plants on patios and balconies.

The same applies to berries: while on the one hand they need the sun so badly for their growth and taste, on the other hand, they can damage the berry skin and cause cracks, causing the fruit to dry up. This problem often occurs with grapes, which are subject to a long ripening process, in which they even lose their protective foliage. As soon as they shed their leaves, you must also protect the fruits from direct sunlight with a sun sail, for example, on particularly hot autumn days.

The topic of sun protection also becomes problematic for lawns. And that's where the problem occurs sunburn very often and shows up in the form of brown spots. You can only remedy this by watering regularly in the evenings. Or you can sow fresh lawn seeds in the affected areas.

»Tip 3 - water properly:

Furthermore, you should never water your plants in strong sun, as this can burn the leaves very quickly. The reason for this are the water drops, which can hold onto the rough surface of the leaves and react like a kind of burning glass.


Of course, this also applies to plants in greenhouses or on the windowsill.

»Tip 4 - Protect tree bark:

There is also a risk of tree bark cracks due to excessive heat. You can remedy this, however, by painting the tree trunks with a special white paint.


The white color (available from Amazon) reflects the sun's rays and thus optimally protects the tree bark from sunburn.