Keep in mind that your roots will experience some level of transplant shock for the first 1-2 years after planting. It takes a while for the roots to become established enough for it to be able to support itself and acquire the water it needs without your help.
- 1-2 weeks after planting, water daily.
- 3-12 weeks after planting, water every 2 to 3 days.
- After 12 weeks, water weekly until roots are established.
The amount of water your new plants need will all depend on location and how well your soil drains. Start with our suggestions but adapt with more if you notice it continues to dry out before the next scheduled watering.
Potted Flowering Shrubs, Ornamental Evergreens, Perennials:
Start with 1/2 of the volume of the original pot it came in.
|Caliper of Tree Trunk||Root Establishment Time||Gallons of Water At Each Irrigation|
|1 Inch||1.5 Years||5 - 6 Liters|
|2 Inches||3 Years||10 Liters|
|3 Inches||4.5 Years||15 - 20 Liters|
Can't Find The Time To Water?
Watering is a MUST to get your plants established. Set up a soaker hose. They are very affordable and it will save you so much time by allowing you to multi-task while you're watering your new plantings.
Prevent water run off by creating a narrow 3" raised berm with soil, around the perimeter of the hole, away from the trunk, to help retain the water.
Top it off with a 4" layer of mulch to complete the planting - this helps to prevent evaporating and helps to incubate the roots. Warmer roots in the spring means quicker growth.