queen creek, Ar
|i want to plant asian pears and artichokes. is az right climate? when? where do i get plants--trees?
|Answer from NGA
January 13, 2010
|Asian pears are considered exotic for the Phoenix area. They may grow and may even produce but they won't be reliable in either respect. You might want to consider growing something more adaptable to the summer heat. Papayas and mangoes are good choices. Artichokes will grow and produce but they usually do so prior to June and then they wither away in the hottest summer months. They usually resprout when the weather cools in November and grow nicely until May or June. If you allow the chokes to become flowers, they are the most spectacular things you can imagine. I'd give the artichokes a try, but grow something besides Asian pears.
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