Asked on Oct 7, 2012

How often and how much should I water just planted Cryptomeria (15 gal), Arborvita (8 feet tall), and Ligustrum (7 gal)?

Douglas HuntJM SOuina


I live in the Atlanta area.
4 answers
  • Ouina
    on Oct 7, 2012

    Did you water the planting hole thoroughly before planting? If so, water deeply when the soil is dry down to your second knuckle. If you did not fill up the planting hole with water and allowed to drain down and the soil is excessively dry, you need to water deeply but slowly so that the water gets to the bottom of the rootball. You don't want to overwater so thus the soil dryness check! Good luck!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 8, 2012

    Ouina gives you good advice, JM. Since those are pretty big plants, you may want to invest in Gator bags or another slow-release watering bag to ensure your plants get the deep watering they need to get established. You need to continue this until your ground freezes this winter. Also check out this Hometalk post that provides good guidelines on the quantity of water needed:!/425184

  • JM S
    on Oct 8, 2012

    Thanks for the comments! When they were planted, I was told to water each plant one minute 3x per week. Would that do the job?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 9, 2012

    Not even remotely, JM. And a good long soak is much more beneficial than a rapid burst of water.

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