Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

September, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale
Tucson Botanical Garden's semiannual sale of cacti, succulents, trees, shrubs, herbs, and other well-adapted plants will be held Saturday, October 4th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members-only sale is Friday, October 3rd, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission to the sale is free, and talks on planting and maintenance of succulents will be offered. For directions and info on Tucson Botanical Gardens, go to: http://www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Choose Transplants Without Blooms
Unless you need instant color for a special event or are planting late in the growing season, buy annual flowers and vegetable transplants that are not in flower or have only buds. Plants that are already expending energy on flowers or fruits are slower to kick in and develop root systems after transplanting. Vigorous roots will ultimately support more flowers and fruits over the lengthy growing season. Even so, we like instant gratification, so don't feel too guilty if you are tempted by a few choices in full flower!

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