Fall is planting time in the desert, and if you are new to the Tucson and Green Valley areas, you may be wondering just exactly when fall arrives in the desert.
That’s a tricky one, because fall for many parts of the country is September. However, here, September is very hot, often returning to triple digit temperatures after the summer rains depart.
Ideal planting time, therefore, is October to early November. But not for all plants. Desert natives are planted during that time, but other plants, including cactus and succulents, should be planted in the spring.
Anything that goes dormant during the winter months, such as Lantana, Bougainvillea, Queen’s Wreath, should NOT be planted in the fall. These plants often do not survive the winter when planted at this time, since a hard freeze before their roots are established can lead to plant death. Ironically, nurseries will put these plants on sale in late summer, leading you to believe it’s time to plant.