Acer Waterfall - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
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Question by dg6
April 24, 2002
Hi we just purchased an Acer Waterfall tree, She is about 4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide at the top.

I live in San Francisco and I am trying to find out about watering instructions for her. She is in a 1 1/2 foot wide by 1 3/4 inch high container.

How do I know when she needs watered? What amount should I water her. should I let the soil dry ou completely before watering again,.. Please let me know.



Answer from NGA
April 24, 2002
There are no hard and fast rules about watering plants in containers. Growing medium, air temperature, exposure to sunshine and rate of plant growth all influence the amount of water a plant needs. If the container is truly less than two inches high, I'll bet you're growing a bonsai. If so, water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist, but not soggy wet. Don't let the soil dry out completely - you'll stress the plant and the soil may be hard to get thoroughly wet again. Here's a website devoted to growing bonsai - I hope it's helpful to you.

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