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How much watering here in Albuquerque?

Posted by frdnicholas Albuquerque NM (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 10, 06 at 21:43

I have several fruit trees and a variety of flowering plants including roses that are coming back due to the warm winter we've had. All the plants were put in the ground last spring and summer, with the exception of a dwarf apple tree that just went into the ground a week or two ago, and the roses that have been here for years before we arrived. How much watering do these different plants need since we aren't getting any precipitation? My fruit trees have 6 inch "moats" around them and can be soaked pretty well at each watering. The plum trees are blossoming, as is the little apricot tree. The plants all get full sun. I still remember last April's snow. Thanks for helping out a gardener new to the Southwest.


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RE: How much watering here in Albuquerque?

It's still pretty cold at night, but I've watered a few times already when I'm pretty sure it's NOT going to freeze overnight. I have a soaker & drip system and I let them run for about an hour, or until I see that the area they're in is well watered.

I probably won't program the system until our night-time temps stay in the upper 30's/low 40's. That's when I start up my regular/programmed watering schedule. (usually early April)

My iris, sweet peas, and day lillies have started active growth already, so I try to water them once or twice a week as temps allow. And I try to do it around Noon-ish, so the ground has time dry somewhat before nightfall.

I'll water more often as it warms up, and move the watering time to earlier in the day - before sunrise in the Summer.


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