We've had a few blustery winds recently, which can bash our precious plants every which way. When they get jostled and knocked over, you'll need to keep an eye on them and check for damage.
There's the physical damage of collapsing and being uprooted - some tall plants will need tying in, staking and tucking upright back in the soil again. Check for root or stem damage and prune out any obviously impaired areas. Wind-scorched leaves will appear crumpled or browned as they've lost moisture. You should always water and feed your plants well anyway, but particularly after a heavily windy couple of days.
This Abutilon vitifolium, pictured, likes a sunny spot, but needs shelter from heavy, drying winds. It was almost uprooted and collapsed on the border! It's being put back upright and staked well with thick canes.
If plants lose their new leaves or buds it may be due to damage so keep them watered, fed and sheltered. Often there's nothing you can do to stop wind damage, but there are precautions and post-damage steps to try and help your plants get back on their feet again.
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