Watering help

kmbustosJune 17, 2010

We have recently planted new plants in our flower beds. We planted Cosmos, Gomphrena, Scabia, Dianthus, Blue Salvia, Osteospermum, Lemon Coral Sedum and Calylophus. I've noticed that there are couple of plants that look a little off. One of the Cosmos look really weepy (leaves are rubbery) and one of the Dianthus looks like its shriveling up. These are closest to the sprinkler head in the flower bed. We are watering morning and night every other day. Could this be the cause of the weepy and shriveling of those two plants? Your help and opinions are appreciated!

I'd be happy to provide pictures, I just wasn't able to upload them here.

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I'm surprised that your neighborhood isn't under watering restrictions that prevent watering every other day. Surely that won't last long. Nonetheless,

It is possible that you are overwatering, but impossible to tell with info provided. May be too hot. May be transplant shock. May be too sunny. They may be not hardened off.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 9:43AM
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kmbustos

Hi Dan:

Thank you for your ideas. I will try cutting back the watering cycle to see if that helps them. It's only 2 out of over 40 plantings so could it be possible that its just an issue with those specific plants?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 10:10PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Yes, I planted two Dianthus 'King of the Blacks' ~3 weeks ago and they are still a tad droopy on the days over 90ºF. They get over it and all the other established Dianthus are happy.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 10:01AM
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