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May 7, 2017 6:26 PM CST
I live in the desert, in Southern New Mexico. It doesn't rain here much. I keep this in a pot (zone 7). How often should I water?
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May 7, 2017 10:40 PM CST
Depends on the size of the pot and the kind of soil, but try to water when the soil is going dry. Given good light outdoors and moderate temperatures, maybe once a week or every 10 days, something like that. The plant should not be picky about water.
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May 9, 2017 2:06 PM CST
Hello drygarden, with my Calandrinia spectabilis in my area, I notice, they like to be thoroughly watered at least once a week when temps hover in the 75F to 85F range. But I still observe the soil, they do like to be on the dry side. They just go somewhat dormant here when temps are soaring high (above 95F and higher) and dry during summer, and resume active growing when temps go back to the 70F range. When that comes, I adjust my watering, it will just not take much water, till conditions are a bit better again.

It does not rain much here now, but this is its blooming time. Make sure your soil is very well draining, it does not like staying soggy wet.

You may want to position them in part sun if your temps are consistently too high.

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