Waterfertilize flowers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by a65paul
May 4, 2010
We have many flowers. All annuals in pots and some in the ground. We also have perennials in the ground. What is the norm for watering both potted annuals and annuals in the ground and how often should we fertilize both kinds of flowers. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2010
How often you should water depends on how often it rains, how long your soil retains moisture, and how fast water evaporates in your climate. Soil type is another important factor. Clay soils hold water very well -- sometimes too well. Sandy soils are like a sieve, letting the water run right through. Both kinds of soil can be improved with the addition of organic matter. Organic matter gives clay soils lightness and air; it gives sandy soils something to hold the water. So much depends on climate and the ability of different soil types to hold moisture that it's difficult to give specific directions for watering your garden. Generally, however, garden plants need about an inch of water a week. Plants in containers need to be watered more frequently because they dry out quickly, especially in hot weather. You may need to water everyday. Try watering your plants then lifting the pot to see how heavy it is when the soil is moist. Then just pick up the containers during the week. When they begin to feel lightweight, it's time to water. Hope this information helps!

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