The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Crimson Pygmy Barberry

Question: After I transplant my Crimson Pygmy Barberry:

How much water do I use?
How often do I water the shrub?
Do I need to install an irrigation system?
Do I continue to water the shrub after it freezes outside?

I live in the plains in a very windy area. The soil is a sandy lome. In the summer it can be up near 100 degrees with low humidity. But, during the night I often have high humidity close to 100% without rain.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Theresa Uribe

Answer: After planting, water your barberry deeply to help settle the soil. Then water once each week (about one-inch of water) to maintain the shrub. The easiest way to water efficiently is to form a watering basin or water well directly beneath the shrub. Fill the basin, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture directly over the root mass, allowing it to trickle down and wet the entire root zone. Since you have sandy soil, you may want to water twice a week during the hottest part of the summer.

When winter arrives, your shrub will stop growing so natural rainfall is all it will require - unless it is planted under the eave of a house where no rainfall can reach it. In this case, plan to water it deeply once a month during the winter.

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