Hi - I'm in Richmond, VA. It's been warmer than normal lately for this time
of the year --today it's sunny and in the low 80s -- so I'm wondering if I
should be watering my outside plants (mostly liriope, azaleas, nandinas,
butterly bush and crepe myrtles). We may still get snaps of cold weather,
and I know a lot of plants go dormant in the winter so I don't want to kill
anything off by prematurely watering. I think it's supposed to be in the
30s on Monday night. Any opinions on this? TIA.
USDA Zone 7
Basic human psychology is one of my subroutines.
I'm in Zone 7, East Tennessee. I water plants during the winter
months if they need it. Especially, trees/plants that are not fully
established. If the soil is damp, don't water. I removed the
protective mulch layer from my roses 2 days ago--the mulch protects
the plants during the winter, plus keeps the roots moist. Colder
temperatures usually mean less water is needed for most plants. I
have never watered my azaleas and they bloom/grow just fine.
On Sun, 12 Mar 2006 18:53:27 GMT, "Natty Dread"
A great article addressing winter dormancy is here
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called TREE EXPERTS who do not understand TREE BIOLOGY!
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
Some people will buy products they do not understand and not buy books that
will give them understanding.
To answer the question of watering . Several machines were available
but the best bang for the buck seemed to be the Rapid Rain 860 machine.
We purchased it online at http:\\www.rapidrain.com and have been very
pleased . Hope this helps
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