|Just planted a 24 in museum palo verde in palm springs area how much water should I be giving it.|
|After planting water the tree every day for the first week especially if the temperature is above 80 degrees. Make sure the water is soaking into the root ball and not just running off. If watering by hand, build a small tree well three feet wide that allows 5-10 gallons of water to soak in. If it is on a drip irrigation system start out with two drip emitters that put out a couple gallons an hour and run for an hour making sure they are close enough to the trunk to adequately soak the root ball. Initially, the water only needs to soak down a couple feet deep.
After the first week or so you can start to water less but watch to see if the leaves droop or they loose their color or, worse yet, dry out. If so, increase the frequency of watering. In winter months much less watering is needed; don?t let the soil get dry but at the same time is shouldn?t be kept constantly wet or soaked. Just make sure it is damp an inch or two below the surface during cooler months when water needs are minimal.
Keep in mind that even though palo verde trees are desert trees they still need frequent watering until their root systems expand and can store more water. For this reason you should water at least once a week its first winter.