Watering Guide

Summer Winter Quick Facts


Annual Flowers

– Water everyday

– Partial sun is best for most perennials

– Water every other day to 3x a week Planted in pot: Larger pots/ containers are more desirable

Bedding Flowers: Same watering requirements

Herbs – Water every other day – Water 3x a week/ If rain occurs, water less* – Best in larger pots
Euphorbia – Water once a week moderately – Water 2x a month thoroughly -Low water

-Shady area

-Best in large pot or in ground

-Protect from frost


Cacti and Agave


– Water one to two times a month – Water once a month – Afternoon shade is best if it is potted

– Baby and young specimen require more shade and a bit more water than larger, established ones

Succulents In a pot/container:

– Move to shade or inside

– Water 2-3x a month only

– You can put succulents out in ½

day sun

– Water 2x a month

– Overwatering is a common way of losing succulents

– If planting in ground, remember that critters eat them!

– Give good drainage, sandy cactus mix soil, shady under a big tree provides protection from frost in winter and sun in summer

– A micro-climate!

Citrus Trees -Water deeply 3x a week *newly planted*

-Water 1-2x a week *Established*

– Water 1-2x a week deeply – Requires good soil

– A lot of water

– Fertilize Labor Day, Valentine’s Day, and Memorial Day; for dwarf varieties in pots, increase watering requirements


– New/established shrubs require more frequent watering; Some native shrubs require less water

*We do not recommend shrubs for pots, other than lantanas

*Established means planted in for at least 3 years!

*Newly planted is about 1-2 years depending on the plant

– Water every day *newly planted*

– Water 3-4x a week *established*

– Water 3x a week *newly planted*

– Water 2x a week *established*

Palms – Water thoroughly every other day *newly planted*

-Longer duration during summer

– Water deeply once a week until water has reached a root depth of 3-5ft

– Approximately about 4 hours with hose on trickle

– Generally, not recommended for pots unless it’s a very large pot/container

– We don’t recommend queen palms for AZ

– Fertilize palms once a month with a good fertilizer March-September

– We recommend using liquid palm food fertilizer or manganese sulfate (manganese sulfate included in liquid palm food)

– Always deep water

– It’s almost impossible to overwater queen palms

Pines – Thoroughly 2x a month if established – Once a month – Afghan pines and Italian cypress are popular here but they get very large
Trees – Water every day *newly planted*

– Water 2-3x a week *established*

– Water 3x a week *newly planted*

– Water 1x a week *established*

-Don’t use granular fertilizer in containers unless it’s recommended or mixed properly with water

-Best to have separate zones (valves) 1,2,3,4, etc. for shrubs, citrus, trees, and pots

-For pots and containers use only good potting mix

-For in ground planting, always amend your soil/ground area! * we recommend composted mulch or Omni mix


FAQS: When is the best time to start planting? The ideal planting time is from September to April but this also depends on what you are trying to plant. If planting flowers, they can be planted anytime of the year because a lot of the flowers we carry are annual, with the exception of a […]