Watering vinca minor/periwinkle

Jerapais_69June 20, 2012

I just planted thousands of bare root myrtle on a steep hillside which is part shady, part sunny, part wet and part dry! Clay soil. Located in Zone 6. Anyone have insight on how often to water and how much? Planted last 2 weeks of May of this year. THANKS!!!

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gardengal48

And I have no intention of being cheeky with this......as often as necessary! Truly, it is impossible to tell anyone how much or how often to water. There are far too many variables involved that just do not translate over the Internet.

You do not want the plants or the soil to dry excessively. Neither do you want the soil to remain excessively wet. The slope, possible lack of water penetration due to clay soil and also sunlight would indicate more frequent watering required than would be on a flat, looser, lighter soil and more shady situation. Weather will also play a big factor. Frequent checking of both the plants and the soil conditions will be necessary through the summer and then water accordingly. You can start slacking off when temperatures begin to cool in fall and normal rainfall commences.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 7:04PM
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oliveoyl3

SOunds like you have found the perfect plant for that location. If you can spread some mulch it will keep the soil moist between rain or your watering. It has been my experience if this plant dries out it's not happy, so don't let the soil dry out if you can help it. Purchased mulch such as compost might be cheaper than replanting! I dislike bark mulch. You want something that doesn't form a tight mat that water can't penetrate. Used coffee grounds free from St*rbucks with a light layer of mulch over the top reduces cost.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 8:38PM
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