Container CPR: Know the Vitals for Container Success
Karen Chapman has been designing beautiful container gardens since 1996 in the Pacific Northwest. As a self-proclaimed “busy” gardener, she offers these survival tips for reviving container plants and keeping them thriving.
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USE A DRIP SYSTEM FOR WATERING
Though there are numerous types of drip systems available, Chapman recommends using a 1/4-inch completely porous soaker hose to adequately water containers.
Have a valve for every drip line. Valves are like a faucet so you can turn them on and off and you can regulate the water flow to every container on the line. Different containers will require different amounts of water and one line for everything just won’t work.
Expect your drip rate to be like the ticking of a clock. If it’s any faster, you run the risk of overwatering. If it’s slower, your plants will be underwatered.
On hot days, run the drip system twice a day. Run your drip system for 5 minutes on an average temperature day, one time per day. If it’s over 90-degrees, run it two times per day.
Troubleshoot your watering system. Sometimes a bit of sleuthing will reveal broken parts of a drip system. Go through your system, check your hose, pipes, valves, and manifold. Sometimes you have to look under the hood.