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Could these help? NGA Aqua Spikes.

Huntersville, NC

Learned the HARD way just HOW Much Water Hydrangeas do love!
found two REALLY cheap so Im practicing on keep these alive first before I invest in the more designer variety.

am hoping these can help: NGA Aqua Spikes?

considering our heat down here and I probably wont be able to get all irrigation installed in time, So I got these:

http://nga-gardenshop.stores.yahoo.net/13-4114.html

think they will "work"??
.few things are sadder than a droopy or thirty hydrangea.
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Holland, OH(Zone 5b)

The botanical garden where I volunteer uses buckets with a very small hole punched in the bottom for spot watering in areas where irirgation doesn't reach. We just fill the pail/bucket with water and set it as close to the plant as possible. The water slowly seeps out into the soil. It works just fine. Cost? $0!

Huntersville, NC

great price - great advice!
thanks will try that with some areas

but didnt want a yard full of at least two dozen water buckets to be distributed, filled then collected.
our homeowners association that would send us a letter for 'growing buckets'!
lol Lol LOL!!

But I sure can put some buckets on those side beds in the back where they cannot be seen!

Holland, OH(Zone 5b)

You've got a good point there 50 glee. They definitely are not attractive.

Bardstown, KY(Zone 6a)

I do just what snapple suggested. I have two 5 gallon buckets that I drilled an 1/8 inch hole near the bottom and then marked them for "tree watering only" after trying to fill them up for other uses and getting wet feet! I just move them around wherever needed and pour from another full bucket into them. Especially useful for newly planted things that need a good root soaking.

Doug

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Nice thread!

I will be going out on vacation this summer and I am very worried about my potted plants! I'll be gone for 3 weeks...do those spikes last that long?

Does anybody else have suggestions for watering pots while away? There seems to be tons of options out there but it would be nice to hear from folks who have some feedback on the quality of those things...

50glee, have you purchased the spikes yet?

Bardstown, KY(Zone 6a)

Roberta, how about you paying my way to the west coast and I'll just have a three week vacation in San Diego watering your plants and eating your food...

Doug

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

haha! Trust me...I'm so worried about my babies that if I could afford it, I would!!!

Hurst, TX(Zone 7b)

For such a long trip (3 weeks), you are better off with an automated watering system (sprinkler or drip irrigation) or with a manual one (also referred to as Mom, Dad, Sis, etc).

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

LOl, I have a manual one, my hubbie! But this very fact (and him saying don't wooooooryyyy.....) makes me toss and turn at night!

So I'm thinking the spikes as a backup, in case he skips watering, etc...I have tons of tropicals in pots and I live in a desert climate. = trou-ble!

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Just remind him how much money it's going to cost to replace any plants that die under his care, that ought to make him pay more attention!

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

LOL!!!

Troy, NY(Zone 5b)

I have one ES in full sun and I used the drip method mentioned here to get it from wilting everyday. I would move it but I just love it where it is.
I have been using the drip method to keep it watered through the day. I have 2 gallon size iced tea containers with small holes in the bottom that I fill and hide in the back of the plant each morning then give it a couple of gallons more water when I get home from work. It still droops a little but the slow drip has really made a difference.

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Are you able to post a picture for us?

Troy, NY(Zone 5b)

I will get an updated pic today and post it later tonight if we don't get another huge thunderstorm!

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

OK!

Also...if you can, send out that thunderstom to us poor, dry californians!

Troy, NY(Zone 5b)

As of this morning it was looking very storm battered. I am hoping all my hydrangea and the sweetpeas and the delphinium etc etc.......perk back up after the battering they took yesterday evening. I was shocked at the shape of everything this AM and I couldn't do a thing.

You can have all the rain you want I am getting out the giant fans to blow this weather your way

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