The reason why I bring this up, is because watering my plants has always been something I couldn't get a handle on. I felt better when I looked up the historical rainfall records. Click HERE for the link. It took me a while to figure it out but I am not sure if we are in a drought. What the database did show me is how variable rainfall amounts can be. I am not including in the equation the temperatures. There needs to be an algorithm for watering your plants. In any event, I did buy a moisture meter that helps me a lot.
I did not feel comfortable about the fertilizer aspect of this meter...(it gauges fertility, moisture, pH and light). It was very useful with container plants. Currently, I think everything needs watering as month to date rainfall totals are 2.05 inches (as of 5/28/2013).
Here I am testing Green Ice Rose, an it shows it that it's on the dry side.
Sorry for the blurriness but I couldn't get my camera to focus.
Drought or no drought, the pool is so far down we may have to fill it soon.
So how much do my roses need in water? Here is an excerpt from roses.org and the link to the source.
"Roses should receive 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Rule of thumb is to water two to four times a week for about 30 minutes, especially if there is no rainfall, or in very hot or windy conditions.The link to this information. Click HERE. So when they mean water, do they mean a hose straight into the plant? I am close to irrigating the rose beds and I need to understand what it means.Container roses will need to be watered frequently because water evaporates more quickly from plants above ground. Initially, water the plant well to get it firmly established."