Desert Horticulture

Desert Horticulture
Desert Horticulture is as unique to horticulture as the desert to other environments. Growing plants in the desert is part science and part art. The science must be “tweeked” to grow plants successfully here. This podcast takes questions from listener

Producing Tomatoes in the Fall
Aug 21 • 14 min
Learn how to produce tomatoes in the Fall in the Mojave Desert by shearing existing plants or starting new plants from seed.
Why Fertilizers Aren’t Working
Aug 14 • 39 min
To get the best fertilizer performance in desert soils the organics in the soil should match the plants growing in them. Learn how to match your plants with their need for fertilizer when growing in desert soils.
Grasshopper Invasion, Cicada Killer Wasps are Short-lived, Whats Better than a Fruit Salad Tree?
Aug 7 • 18 min
This episode discusses the recent grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas, why cicada wasps are not that big of a deal unless you want it to be and why you might think twice about a fruit salad tree.
Controlling Aphids in Landscape Trees, Using Drip Tubing to Irrigate Trees, Managing Shrubs that Don’t Belong Here
Aug 7 • 35 min
Controlling aphids in trees, using drip tubing for irrigating landscape trees and growing shrubs in the desert that are best suited for cold climates
How to Water Plants in the Desert
Jul 25 • 37 min
Irrigation, apply water, Mojave Desert, landscape, fruit trees and vegetables
Growing Tomatoes in the Desert
Jul 24 • 33 min
Growing tomatoes in the desert is not easy. Of all the vegetables in the tomato family (peppers, eggplant, potato) probably tomatoes are the most difficult. Listen to the podcast and get some pointers on growing tomatoes here if you are just startin…
Leaffooted Plant Bug, Weed Control, Horsetail Control, Twisted Myrtles and Ants in Figs
Jul 18 • 22 min
Leaffooted plant bug, controlling weeds, horsetail in the landscape, and ants in fig trees.
Importance of rotating your vegetables, leaf drop on apricot and bacterial leaf spot of tomato
Jul 18 • 26 min
Crop rotation in raised beds, leaf drop of apricot again and bacterial leaf spot of tomato.
Asparagus Failing, Dwarf Southern Magnolia Leaf Drop and Apricot Leaf Drop
Jul 11 • 23 min
Join me in this episode to learn why recently planted asparagus didn’t survive, white dwarf Southern Magnolia dropped its leaves and an apricot that came out beautifully in the spring suddenly lost half of its leaves on one side of the tree. Explore…
Converting to a Mojave Desert Landscape, Planting Plants in Containers, Cactus Pad Propagation and Soil
Jul 10 • 21 min
This episode discusses the reality of converting a residential landscape to all Mojave Desert plants with no irrigation, success planting landscape plants in the ground still in their containers and starting new cacti from pads and the condition of …
Pines as landscape trees, water droplets on grapes, transplanting cholla and wildflowers, protecting cactus from the sun, pollenizer for jujube.
Jul 10 • 26 min
Pine trees for the desert, water droplets on grape leaves, transplanting cholla and wildflowers, sun damage to cacti, pollenizer for jujube.
Grape Leaf Skeletonizer, Birds, Yellow Bottlebrush and Importance of Shade
Jul 3 • 43 min
Grape Pests, Bird Control, Fix Yellow Bottlebrush and the skinny about shade
How to Perform a Jar Test of Your Landscape Soil
Apr 21 • 26 min
Learn how to perform HR soil test of the soil in your landscape. This helps determine how to water and fertilize plants.
Yellow plants, transplanting sago palm and transplanting rosemary into containers
Apr 21 • 34 min
Yellow plants in desert soils, transplanting Sago Palm and transplanting rosemary into containers.
Yellow leaves and fertilizers, saquaro black spot, pruning bougainvillea and fruit tree selection
Apr 21 • 24 min
Yellowing leaves on fruit trees, black spots on so world cactus, pruning bougainvillea and where to get some of the fruit trees I recommend for the desert.
Selecting the Best Almond Tree
Apr 2 • 15 min
Know which almond trees are best for backyard and small scale almond production.
Selecting the Best Apples and Pears
Apr 1 • 22 min
Select the best varieties of apples and pears for our desert climate.
Selecting the Best Apricot and Plum
Mar 31 • 17 min
Learn the best varieties to select and grow in apricots, aprium, plums and pluots in the desert.
Pick the Best Nectarine and Peach Tree
Mar 30 • 19 min
Tips on which varieties of nectarine and peach taste best when grown in a desert climate.
Planting Tomato in Cool Soil, Use Pheromone Traps, Making Raisins, Planting Ornamental Plum and Poor Grape Production
Mar 13 • 37 min
Learn why grape management can outperform a fertilizer, how to use pheromone traps for your fruit trees, planting timing may be more important than what the plant is doing and making raisins in our desert heat and low humidity.
Which Grapes to Plant, Why Western Redbud, Control Bermudagrass, Cover ‘dem Plants
Mar 12 • 25 min
Grapes, some redbuds are better, control Bermudagrass and row crop covers and freezing weather.
Make Soil Warmer for Planting, Snow on Flowering Apricot, Lousy Fruit Production, Fuji Apple Not Flowering, Planting Mimosa in the Same Hole
Mar 10 • 36 min
Winter transition to spring is tough on plants. Learn what you can do to help them in this transition.
Pruning Grapes in the Desert
Feb 17 • 25 min
Pruning grapes in the desert is similar to pruning them elsewhere with a few differences.
Dormant oil, repairing damage to limbs, sunscald to trees
Feb 16 • 37 min
How to use dormant oil, repairing limb damage and suscald to sunburned trees.
Spring Freeze Damage and Plants
Feb 12 • 28 min
Spring freeze damage to plants in the desert.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Feb 2 • 34 min
Desert Horticulture discussion about the concepts important to successfully prune fruit trees.
Fertilizers, compost and iron
Jan 25 • 42 min
Fertilizers, compost and iron for plants growing in the desert.
Bosc pear, winter irrigations, water softener and yellow bottlebrush
Jan 21 • 32 min
Learn why Bosc pear trees may not produce while in the desert, some irrigation things you didn’t know, the problem with water softeners and plants and how to irrigate – correctly.
Citrus, Landscape Fabric and Getting Rid of a Lawn
Jan 13 • 25 min
Discussion about why citrus may not produce fruit in some cases whether it is a late freeze or when it is put in a new environment. Landscape fabrics are supposed to control weeds. But applied in the wrong way it may not work. Some say lawns don’t belong…
Fertilizer injectors, container dirt, potting soil and Santa Rosa plum
Jan 13 • 27 min
Learn why fertillizer injectors might be good in some situations. But container soils are finnky and handle them with care. Garden soils have lots of life in them and Santa Rosa plum is a good all around plum for now and in the future. Learn why.