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Re: Watering

Nature has a way to deal with naturally occurring drought. The plants simply
shut down and go heat dormant. Not very good for increase but great for
survival. Hostas adjust to lack of rain within reason. If you water heavily,
weekly, then withholding water during drought periods makes that adjustment
more difficult and severe, hence start and don't stop. Heat dormancy comes
on a lot faster if first they get lots of water then none at all. Hosta that
get 1 inch of water usually do fine if it is 1 inch per week, after week.
Get a rain gauge and make up the deficit. Get several gauges because not
every spot in your  garden gets the same amount of rain. Not watering is
fine if natural rain provides a fair amount of rain. 4-year droughts (as we
had) are murder on hostas without watering. They are not cacti!

W. George Schmid
Hosta Hill - Tucker Georgia USA
Zone 7a - 1188 feet AMSL
84-12'-30" West_33-51' North
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----- Original Message -----
From: <RBRSSR@aol.com>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 12:45 PM
Subject: Re: Watering

> In a message dated 4/16/2004 9:19:09 PM Central Standard Time,
> hostahill@Bellsouth.net writes:
> As I pointed out in my book (pp. 367-368) Hosta water economy requires at
> least 1.5 inches of rain per week.
> Solberg rule:  If you arenbt going to water bDONbT START
> If you are going to waterbDONbT STOP!
> Can anyone explain the above, especially the first part? Isn't some
> better then no watering?
> Ray Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, Zone 5
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