Platt’s Picks

When to Water?

Q: How do I know when to water?

A: The simple answer is when Mother Nature doesn’t provide rain and/or when the ground is dry. The best way to determine ground moisture is to dig down 3” to 4” – if the soil is damp, you don’t need to water. Remember that plants in this climate are used to periods of heavy rain followed by periods of drying out.

 

Q: How much water should I apply?

A: The best rule is to thoroughly drench the root zone of the new plants. Heavy deep watering (interspersed with periods of drying out) will promote deep healthy roots. For all areas hand watering with a garden hose works best. For large areas that may be impractical to water by hand, we recommend soaker hoses. Light watering (i.e. sprinkling with small amounts of water) will lead to shallow roots that will suffer during drought. A thorough watering is like a 1”rain.

 

Q: Is it possible to over water?

A: Yes! Overwatering is defined as watering too frequently. It is essential that between watering that air be allowed to reenter the root zone (roots need oxygen to survive). Allowing the soil to dry out is also nature’s way of controlling “root rot” diseases which thrive in constantly wet or saturated soil conditions.

DO NOT WATER YOUR PLANTS EVERYDAY—the roots will drown!!

More new plants die from overwatering (watering too frequently) than die from drying out! 

 

Q: What should I do?

A: As a rule of thumb:

  • Plants need the most water immediately following planting
  • When it rains ½ inch or more that will replace one watering

Water thoroughly twice per week—for the first three months and then once per week for the rest of the year (usually safe to end in mid November). It is a good idea to water on the same days each week (i.e. Monday and Friday)

Houseplants With Beautiful Foliage

These houseplants might not bloom, but they are sure to bring lots of color into your home. Many of these plants have beautiful foliage and vibrant colors that make very attractive houseplants.

Croton Rubber Plant
English Ivy Green Spider Plant
Fiddle Fig ZZ Elderly Plant
Snake Plant Umbrella Plant
Sensitive Plant Airplant

Platt Hill Nursery Gift Card

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Brighten up anyone’s birthday or any day with a Platt Hill Nursery gift card. Our gifts cards can be used at either location no matter where you purchase them and are good year round! Take the guess work out of giving and give them a Platt Hill Nursery gift card. It’s definitely one of Platt’s favorite picks year round!

Hummingbird Feeder

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It’s a good idea to have your hummingbird feeder up before April 15th. That’s when these garden jewels are migrating through our area. Keep them happy and they may stay for you. Come in today and pick up a feeder and nectar.