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Apr 28, 2017 4:24 PM CST
I have a tree that produces 3 types of fruit. My question is, How often should I water it. I live in the
Southwest corner of the state of New Mexico
Apr 28, 2017 4:48 PM CST
|Hi and welcome, nanners. There's no "set schedule" for watering fruit trees. It depends upon the weather a lot, and also if the tree is blooming or has set fruit. For example, as the weather warms up going towards summer, you will need to water more deeply, and also more often given your dry environment.
When the tree is finished blooming and has fruit, the amount of fruit that remains on the tree will depend upon the water supply to a great extent. Fruit trees "thin" their crop i.e. they drop immature fruit if there's not enough water.
Be aware that you need to water well out beyond the "drip line" which is the full reach of the branches. Most trees and especially fruiting trees have roots that extend beyond the branches. it's also a good idea not to grow any lawn grasses or other plants in the circle around your tree where the feeder roots are.
So water deeply, and extensively, and increase the amount as the weather heats up, until the fruit is harvested. Then you can back off but not completely. The tree will put on new growth including new fruiting spurs for next year. A little timed-release fertilizer after the fruit is harvested is a good idea, too. Again spread it out to the drip line.
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