The Q&A Archives: Bulbs For Phoenix

Question: We are moving to phoenix. What bulbs will grow there?

Answer: Actually, quite a few! I've had good luck with Dutch iris, bearded iris, freesia, tritonia, ranunculus, gladiolus, amaryllis, crinum, zephyranthes (commonly called rain lily because it only blooms shortly after rainy spells), watsonia, sparaxis, glory of the snow, and canna. Smaller daffodils will perform. Tulips are treated as annuals, as they don't seem to come back.

There are two distinct growing seasons in the low desert with different annuals thriving in each season. There's a cool season from approximately the end of September through April. Annuals can be installed from late September to February.
The warm season starts with planting in mid to late February. Some plants will make it through the summer's heat; others will end their growth when the heat arrives in May or June.Also, you might want to check out the Southwestern regional gardening information on Burpee's website. Click on Resources, then on the map in the Southwest. There is a variety of information that will help familiarize you with gardening here. We can grow many things in the low desert, but the conditions are quite different from New York. Hope this info helps!

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