Watering Ninebark

Ninebark is a drought tolerant plant that can grow in less than desirable conditions such as rocky or clay-like soil. This tough plant has a shallow spreading root system that can handle both dry and flooding conditions. Typically, Ninebark water requirements are fairly low. Once established, Ninebark can survive with weekly watering.


How to Tell if Ninebark Needs Watered

Ninebark is a hardy plant and usually does not have any issues while growing. Newly planted ninebarks may display wilted leaves.This is not due to watering, but just the plant adjusting to the new environment. If you notice the leaves curling, this may mean that the dirt is clay-like and the plant is having difficulty absorbing the water from the soil. Careful not to allow the plant to sit in soggy soil. This can lead to root rot.

How Often To Water Ninebark

Ninebark can grow in both dry and wet conditions. During the first year of planting, frequent watering is recommended. This will help to establish a strong root system. The goal during the first year of planting is to maintain a moist soil system.

Once established, usually a year or two after planting, Ninebark plants are drought resistant. If you are getting weekly rainfall, the plant will be getting enough moisture. If not, water deeply with an inch of water per week.

Container grown Ninebark requires the same watering conditions, keeping in mind that the soil dries out much faster in pots. The goal is to keep the soil moist during the first year of planting. Be sure that the container has drainage holes as this plant does not like to sit in soggy soil. Once established, weekly deep watering is recommended.

Best Time To Water Ninebark

Typically, Ninebark should be watered during the morning hours. This will allow the plant to dry out as the heat of the day approaches. During the winter months, this drought tolerant plant will not need additional watering.

How to Water Ninebark

Step 1 - Occasional Watering

Once established, weekly watering is all that is needed

Step 2 - One Inch of Water

Plan on one inch of water weekly either from rainfall or watering.

Step 3 - Water Thoroughly

Allow the water to soak in slowly so it hydrates the plant

Step 4 - Water the Base of the Plant

Water around the entire base of the plant, not just one spot


Ninebark Watering Tips

  • Water established plants weekly.
  • Slow deep watering is best.
  • One inch of water each week.
  • Do not allow Nineback to sit in soggy soil.

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Author Chris Link - Published 09-30-2021