New planting water requirments

Asked March 24, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

We are considering putting in a xeriscape bed to replace some of our turf grass. How long does it take plants to get established after planting? I am wondering how long it will take until we can start weaning them off establishment watering patterns to lower water use patterns.

Thank you,
Amelia

Adams County Colorado

1 Response

Amelia,As you suggest no plant is drought tolerant until it’s established. The general rule is that it takes one planting season after transplant for perennials to become established in garden. However, even though you will still need to water the plants regularly through 1st season you may still use less water than you would for turf. This is especially true of you use a drip irrigation system for the perennials and adjust the watering schedule based on the weather and time of year (more in the summer less in the spring and fall). I would also recommend getting the plants in the ground this spring before the heat of the summer to minimize transplant stress.Here are some fact sheets on low water use perennials:http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07405.htmlhttp://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07402.htmlhttp://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Flowers/Perenls/herbaceo.htmHope this helps please let me know if you have any further questions.