The Potted Desert View

The Potted Desert View
This blog is for you, the native or transplanted desert dweller. Our harsh and varied desert climates continually present a challenge for gardeners. Those of you who have moved from a colder climate such as the mid-west or New England, you have most likely tried to find container gardening information that tells you how to grow the kind of garden like you had 'back home.'

Search here to find answers to your potted garden questions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How much water is enough for your potted plants?

Be sure that you have enough rain to stop watering plants. Here are some implications if you jump too fast to just turn it off:

  1. Are some pots under cover where they do not get rain? If you turn off the irrigation, they will dry out pretty quickly.
  2. A deluge of 15 minutes of rain will not deeply soak your pots. Check to see how wet they are 6-8" into the soil for annuals and 10-16" down for perennials, shrubs and trees.
  3. Your pots of flowers are getting daily watering. One day of good rain means you might be able to take a break for one day - not beyond that.
Be Mindful! Check your pots!!
 Keep in mind other Monsoon Cautions:
  • Dump standing water to reduce mosquito populations.
  • Anchor pots to reduce the risk of tipping over in high winds.
  • The same goes for all furniture and patio belongs.
  • Heed monsoon warnings and travel safely!


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