Transplant Palms in the Low Desert
Palm roots thrive in warm soil temperatures. Mexican blue palm (Brahea armata) and Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis) are well-adapted plants with attractive fan-shaped fronds.
Shade Tomato Plants
When temperatures reach 90 degrees and above, protect plants from intense sun with 50 percent shade cloth.
Mid and high elevation desert gardeners can rev up the herb garden with transplants of chamomile, chives, germander, lavender, lemon balm, mint, oregano, sage, and thyme.
Pinch Back Foliage to Create Bushier Plants
Mid and high elevation desert gardeners can pinch back the tips of new growth on begonias, carnations, chrysanthemums, daisies, petunias, fuchsias, geraniums, impatiens, marguerites, marigolds, petunias, and sedums to promote denser foliage. Use the cuttings to root new plants.
At mid and high desert elevations, continue watering and fertilizing spring-blooming bulbs, allowing foliage to yellow, brown, and die back on its own. This allows bulbs to store more nutrients and get larger for next year. Mark the position of the bulbs so you know where they are. Then it is okay to remove spent foliage and stop feeding.