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Alabama's drought affects local plant nursery

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PELHAM - AL -

At Myers Plants and Pottery, Thursday, the word of the day is "water."

"We try not to water in the heat of the day," Owner Stewart Myers said. "But sometimes we just have to."

That's because of the high heat.

"It's very hot," he said.

Myers says with temperatures in the 90s he waters the plants at his shop three-to-four times a day. He says these kinds of plants, which are in containers, tend to dry out quicker.

"It's a lot of stress on the plants right now," Myers said.

And it's stressful on him. Take the heat and factor in the already bad economy he says sales are down. He's still doing all he can to beat mother nature.

"You get some sun scorch, you get a hot, dry day with a breeze and it just dries out very fast," he said. "So it puts them under a lot of stress that may not show up right now but will show up in months to come."

Myers says another thing helping his plants live is the roof over his garden area that provides 60 percent shade. He says without it, there's no way his product would survive.

But Myers says, believe it or not, he doesn't mind the extra work because it could be much worse.

"It hasn't been as bad this year as it has previous years," he said. "[It's] been much easier to water so far."

And for those of us who have plants at home, Myers says the best thing to do...water, water, water.

"Just a good soaking at least two or three times a week," he said.