Watering Perennial Plants
Each year has it’s challenges and this year it is Drought. 2021 Spring season started out great with lots of rain and early spring. Now in June 2021 we are experiencing drought in Minneapolis, MN surrounding areas.
We are finding ourselves watering, watering and watering! But is that what we should be doing?
Below are some tips that we found that we would like to share with you on how to water your Perennial Plants.
How much should I water my perennials?
In general, perennials need about an inch of water per week to be healthy. That can come from rain or irrigation or a combination of both. In general, many established perennials can get by with less than this, and newly planted ones may need a bit more, especially in hot weather.
How often should I water perennials?
A quick drink every day just encourages spindly roots. Instead, deep and less frequent watering is best to promote long roots. They’ll grow down into the ground so they stay cooler and absorb moisture and nutrients that are
When should I water perennials?
Early morning is the ideal time of day to water your garden. This allows you to soak the roots and lose little water to evaporation.
Signs you need to water perennials
Noticing wilted plants is usually a good indicator that it’s time to water. However, droopy leaves and stems aren’t necessarily a signal that the plant is drought-stressed. Many perennials wilt in the afternoon, especially on hot, sunny days, but then they’re fine by morning.
The best way to know if your plants need a drink is to check the soil moisture.
Hand watering can be a relaxing chore, especially on a warm summer day. Be sure to aim your hose-end close to the ground, near the base of the plant. This puts water at the roots where it’s needed. It’s a good method for giving extra moisture to newly planted perennials
Oscillating and impact sprinklers
Sprinklers work well for lawns and large perennial borders. They save you time and are easy to set up, but water loss through evaporation is common and flowers can flop with the weight of too much moisture.
Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems
Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems supply water closer to the root zone, and you can leave them in place all season and just hook up a hose when it’s time to water. Cover up soaker hoses with a little mulch so they’re not as visible during the growing season, then drain and put them away for winter storage.
Whatever methods and tools you use for watering, keep an eye out for leaks. Repair hoses and replace washers to make sure the water is going where you need it.
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