Southwestern Deserts

May, 2007
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Dwarf Citrus
Try a dwarf citrus tree if space is limited. Dwarf citrus are usually grown on 'Flying Dragon' rootstock. These varieties average 10 to 12 feet tall and 9 to 11 feet wide. Growing one in a pot will limit its size because the root system cannot spread and support a large canopy. Dwarf citrus trees produce about 50 to 60 percent less harvest than standard trees, but the size and quality of the fruit is the same.

Clever Gardening Technique

Don't Apply Hot Water
Water heats up dramatically in hoses left lying in the sun. Don't apply hot water directly on plants or garden beds. Allow it to run on compost piles or areas where it won't damage roots until cool water flows.

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