Start by checking the suggested water requirements of your plant, which can be found on the plant’s tag or by searching for your plant on our website. Keep in mind that the actual frequency of watering your plant needs will depend on the soil and climate in your region. The age of your plant can also affect how often it will need watering. Immediately after planting, always water a plant well at the base to help it get established.
Tips for Roses
Roses prefer long drinks of water less frequently, rather than short, daily watering. Try watering a few mornings a week and monitor the soil to ensure it does not become overly saturated or too dry. Be sure to water at the base of the rose rather than overhead, as watering overhead can cause water to remain on the leaves and invite fungal disease.
Tips for Shrubs
For newly planted shrubs, make sure to water frequently enough to keep the soil moist. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out between watering for the first two weeks. As plants become established in their new location, watering can be reduced to once a week or less. Additional watering may be required during periods of extreme heat. Shrubs prefer long drinks of water less frequently, rather than short, daily watering. Be sure to water at the base of the plant rather than overhead, as watering overhead can cause water to remain on the leaves and invite fungal disease.
Tips for Perennials
Most perennials are happy with moderate watering every day or every other day. It is a good practice to check the soil around your perennials to ensure it is not overly saturated or too dry. Yarrow, Alpine Pinks, Wand Flower, Speedwell, and some varieties of Lavender are examples of perennials that generally require less water, but always check the requirements noted on your plant’s tag and remember that the soil and climate in your specific region will determine the actual amount of watering your plant needs.