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Question: i bought my sweet broom at greengate in lake charles,la about a week ago and i planted it in a new bed i was doing and for a couple of days now the leaves and new blooms are wilted a little and so i watered it, and my question is how often and how much should i be watering it at the beginning stage of planting this and in the future

Answer: Angie,

It is difficult to tell someone how much and how often to water a new plant. Basically it needs to have its root ball kept moist. Several factors including the plant's ability to store water and use it sparingly, soil type (clay hold water better than sand), temperature (hot weather means more water use than cool weather), and sun exposure (you'll water 2 or 3 times more often in sun than shade) all work together to determine how much and how often you need to water a new plant. Keep in mind that the roots are initially still in the limited area of the original root ball. The soil around it may be moist but roots could have pumped their area dry. Water enough to wet the root ball and the soil just outside that area. As a very general rule of thumb water lightly once or twice a day to start and gradually wean the plant back to every few days over the course of several weeks. Don't keep the soil too soggy wet or you'll exclude oxygen from the roots and they'll start to die.

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