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Old 05-27-2010, 05:14 AM
 
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I'm considering plating catanaches and butterfly weed in a garden that has several large knockout roses. Both the catanaches and butterfly weed need "moderate to little water" My theory was that if I plant them near the roses, they won't compete with the roses for the water. Does this make sense? Or would I be better off to keep these plants separated?

Right now I'm watering the garden with a spinkler for about 10 minutes daily when it doesn't rain, and it gets a deeper watering about once a week (rain storms).

Related question: I have a few white pines growing near the roses. They were "planted by birds" but I decided to keep them as small bush like plants that I am keeping trimmed at about 1 1/2 feet high. They've been there about 4 years now. Are they competing with the roses for water? Should I pull them out and plant something less thirsty?
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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I'm considering plating catanaches and butterfly weed in a garden that has several large knockout roses. Both the catanaches and butterfly weed need "moderate to little water" My theory was that if I plant them near the roses, they won't compete with the roses for the water. Does this make sense? Or would I be better off to keep these plants separated?

Right now I'm watering the garden with a spinkler for about 10 minutes daily when it doesn't rain, and it gets a deeper watering about once a week (rain storms).

Related question: I have a few white pines growing near the roses. They were "planted by birds" but I decided to keep them as small bush like plants that I am keeping trimmed at about 1 1/2 feet high. They've been there about 4 years now. Are they competing with the roses for water? Should I pull them out and plant something less thirsty?
The knockout roses really don't need all that much water, nothing like other types. We're using them down here in Texas as they're pretty drought tolerant.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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After the Knock Out roses have been in the ground for a year or two they are pretty drought tolerant. The Butterfly Weed will need more water than the Knock Out until it is established.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I fear you could be overwatering right now. If I plant something past May I watch carefully and water as needed but then only once a week give a good drenching. Most folks will tell you they lose plants from overwatering rather than not watering enough. Good luck.

If they are wilting by afternoon, could be too much sun and not a water problem.
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