How Often To Water Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Peoria, AZ
Question by dberry88
March 24, 2001
I have just planted the following Monrovia plants: Pineapple Guava, Dwarf Bottlebrush, Empire Hibiscus. The watering instructions say to follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season. Define "regular watering" schedule please.


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Answer from NGA
March 24, 2001

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Since you are planting in late March as we head into the hot summer, keep the soil consistently moist (but not wet) through the first summer. Layer 2 inches of mulch on top of the soil to retain moisture and reduce soil temperatures. Water when the top inch or two of soil is dry. Water slowly and deeply each time you water so that water penetrates to a depth of one foot. Next year, increase the depth to two feet. The roots are going to be in the top two feet of soil.

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