How to Protect Flowers From Too Much Sun


Growing flowers doesn’t require a professional gardener. Anyone can grow flowers in or around their home with little to no experience. Providing flowers, depending on the type, with the right amount of care and attention will keep them looking their best. Some flowers can’t grow in the heat of full-sun conditions. Protecting these types of flowers from too much sun can be done with common household materials.

Step 1

Cover larger, more sturdy plants by slipping a plant covering directly over the plant. Burlap, old pillow cases or sheets, newspaper and cardboard all will provide much-needed shade for partial-sun plants. For thinner, more fragile plants, place a stake on each side of the plant and slip the plant covering over the stakes to form a protective, tent-like structure over the plant.

Step 2

Cover your plants with the protective covering during the hottest part of the day--generally, between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.

Step 3

Move outdoor potted plants to a shady area during the hottest part of the day. A tree or a large plant with thick foliage will shield the potted plant from the sun.

Step 4

Move indoor plants away from windows or doors where sun shines in. Glass in windows or doors increase the temperature of the sun's rays.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use any type of plastic material to cover your plants. The plastic will act as a small green house, and intensify the suns heat on the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Burlap Old pillowcases or sheets Newspaper Cardboard Stakes


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About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.