Southwestern Deserts

March, 2007
Regional Report

Smell the Blossoms

Citrus trees are blooming, and the sweet scent is intoxicating. There aren't as many citrus orchards left in the Valley of the Sun as there used to be, but even one tree can waft fragrance around the neighborhood. Go for a walk and enjoy some aromatherapy!

Transplant Tomatoes

It's your last chance to transplant tomatoes in the low desert. Tomato pollen isn't viable past 90 degrees F, so it's imperative to get those plants in the ground to establish and bear fruit before the heat.

Continue Trimming Frost-Damaged Plants

Green shoots are popping on plants that were damaged by January's big frost. Trim back dead material to the green buds. Toss the trimmings in your compost pile.

Continue Transplanting in the Landscape

Transplant desert-adapted trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennials, ornamental grasses, cacti, and succulents. Get them in the ground as soon as possible so they have time for root development before summer.

Let Bulbs Die Back

Bulb flowers are blooming. Let the leaves brown and die back naturally to store energy in the bulbs for next year's growth. Of course, it's okay to cut the flowers for bouquets!

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