Will it help to water the eyes?

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Will it help to water the eyes?

Postby Libby » Apr 02, 2007 8:40 pm

Looks like the temperature is going to crash later this week. :cry: Surface soil is dry, moist underneath from scattered showers. Is there any advantage to watering all these hosta eyes that have poked up?
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Postby HostaDesigner » Apr 02, 2007 9:05 pm

Last year, we had some late frosts, so I reprogrammed my sprinkler system to water every hour and a half thru the night for 20 minutes at a time. The water is at least 20 degrees above freezing, so it worked like a charm. That was for ONE night of frost at a time. This cold spell is supposed to last for a week or two for us.

I wouldn't recommend doing this for long cold spells like the one coming. Personally, I'm just going to tough it out and keep my fingers crossed. :|
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Postby eastwood2007 » Apr 02, 2007 10:56 pm

Someone told me recently (I don't remember who, so I am not sure of the integrity of the advice, but I think it was at a reputable garden center), that if expecting a frost, it is good to water well ahead of time. Said the leaves hold up better when well hydrated.
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Postby MikeWI » Apr 03, 2007 1:31 pm

single watering prob won't help much if you do dip below freezing... you'd prob have to do what Jamie suggested for real benifit. I would consider maybe a single deep watering then cover with pots or some sort of fabric, but don't wet the fabric.
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Postby Libby » Apr 03, 2007 2:04 pm

Thanks for the advice, guys! Mother Nature made the decision for me and threw in the ice cubes. I appreciate the information though and have made reference notes.
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Postby eastwood2007 » Apr 03, 2007 2:12 pm

I am glad you clarified that, Mike! :roll: I didn't realize I left that kind of open-ended. I meant to say that deep watering before covering helped more than if they were on the drier side. Thanks! :D
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