Watering Annuals & Perennials

Whispering Hills Nursery & Garden Center is committed to providing our customers with both the product and knowledge they need to craft a beautiful home landscape year after year.

Below is a guide to watering annuals and perennials
written by our resident horticulturalist.

Watering newly installed flower beds is a fairly simple process and should not be made complicated. As long as you pay attention to a few factors you will be able to judge when and how much water to apply.

Soil type and plant species, as well as growth stage and temperature, influence watering frequency. Plants growing in clay soil that have been properly watered may only need to be watered once a week. Plants growing in sandy soil may need watering several times a week.

Water requirements will vary with the time of year, amount of sunlight or shade, plant growth, and other environmental factors.

Most plants need 1 inch of water per week, or to a depth of six to eight inches. Plants require more water when flowering or when exposed to high temperatures or windy conditions.

After watering, allow the soil to dry moderately before watering again. The use of soaker hoses can be very effective with watering. These types of hoses keep water off the leaves of the plant and puts it at the root zone where it’s needed most.