How To Know When My Pollinator Garden Is Established?

Q: I recently planted a new pollinator garden with beautyberry, giant hyssop, penstemon, bee balm, and lemon thyme. How long do I need to keep watering? How will I know that they’re established? 

A: Fall is the best time to plant because the soil is warm while the air is cool, so less water is needed by the leaves and the roots can grow vigorously. A plant is considered “established” when the roots have grown into the surrounding soil and there is a bit of new growth on branch tips. A gentle tug will tell you when roots are established. You’ve made good plant choices, and they should become established with minimal watering this fall.

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