When is the best time to start planting?
The ideal planting time is from September to April but this also depends on what you are trying to plant. If planting flowers, they can be planted anytime of the year because a lot of the flowers we carry are annual, with the exception of a couple perennials of course. But, each season we bring in new flowers that grow well with the weather. For example, we start bringing in our winter/spring flowers around the end of September and they will last you all the way through May! When summer hits, we have a different collection of flowers that tolerate heat such as vincas, as opposed to the winter/spring flowers that prefer a much cooler climate like geraniums. When it comes to planting other types of plants, there are a variety of variables that come into consideration in regards to the type of shrub, cactus, tree, or agave you are planting, whether it’s a deciduous or evergreen, a perennial or annual, how much care you are going to be giving it during that time period, etc. Throughout the cooler months roots can grow, allowing the plants to establish before summer heat.
My bougainvillea has black dots and doesn’t look so great! What is happening to my bougainvillea?!
The cause of your bougainvillea looking non-pleasing is due to caterpillars! The black dots are from the caterpillar waste. This usually happens during monsoon season, around October- November. Many people say, “well we don’t see any caterpillars on there.” This is because they hide in between the flowers and curl themselves up. But don’t worry! This could be solved using malathion or thurcide, a highly concentrated liquid, that is to be mixed with approximately 1 gallon of water and 1 fl oz. of the concentrate. Another option could be Monterey BT that comes in ready to use in a spray or as a liquid concentrate. The diluted concentrate should be applied on the whole plant: the leaves, soil, stem, etc. as well as the soil only twice with a 10 day period in between.
How often do you water succulents and cacti and what should I do to properly maintain their care?
This all depends on the amount of light it is getting, whether its indoor or outdoor, the temperature, etc. Generally however, cacti and succulents like to dry out in between watering. But, when it is time to water, soak the soil until water runs freely from the drainage holes. During the plants resting period which is usually around mid-late fall until the warmer days of spring, the water should be withheld.
Each time we water the plants, the surplus of water washes out some of the minerals that are in the soil which should be replaced. To replace it you can fertilize it with the main elements it needs to grow to be well nourished such as: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, or sulfur. During the growing season (between September- March) only feed the plant once a month or at every watering with a weakened solution. However, it is important not to fertilize during dormancy and not to feed the plants showing signs of illness.
When and how often should I fertilize my citrus trees?
Citrus should be fertilized in February, May, and September; One time during each of those months followed through with a deep soaking.
If I plant herbs and vegetables during the winter will they go into seed?
No, not in Arizona because herbs and tomato plants are annuals here.
My citrus tree isn’t producing any citrus! What am I doing wrong?
If there are no natural pollinators like humming birds or bees they wont flower, which means no fruit. Watering could also be an issue. Citrus trees do best if they are heavily watered, and then given time to dry out between waterings. The amount of times the tree should be watered all depends on the soil it is in. But, trees typically need to be watered every one to two weeks in the summer, and every three to four weeks in the winter.
When should I prune my roses?
How do I grow my Christmas Cactus?
– Make sure the cactus is in a warm sunny location
– After blooming, the plant should rest until March and watering should be decreased
– Fertilize periodically; Do not fertilize during the dormant period
– Don’t overwater because they don’t like to be very wet
– A couple weeks before thanksgiving, the plant should be put in a dark room if you want it to bloom
– Remember that it is not frost resistant
How far deep should I plant my shrub?
No deeper than what the container shows on the plant and twice as wide as the container horizontally.
How do I control these White Flies eating my plants?
We have a Dr. Earth organic spray to help with white flies
Why are my cacti and agaves turning yellow during the summer and what can I do to prevent it?
The reason for the cacti and agave’s turning yellow during the summer, is a result of a sunburn due to the brutal temperatures we have here in Arizona. However there is always a solution to everything! Shade cloth can be used to protect the plants from getting sunburnt. Another suggestion is to consider planting a shrub or perennial on the west side of the plant or just about anything that provides shade to relieve some of the sun’s intensity on the plant! Proper location is essential for all plants in the desert.
What are some plants that Javalina’s wont bother?
- Gopher plant
Scented plants that include but not limited to:
- Society Garlic
- Euryop Daisies