June 24, 2024
Mojave Desert gardening tips with UNLV horticulture expert

Gardening in Southern Nevada always has its problems.

Horticulture pro Bob Morris gives tips on planting trees and caring for fruit trees in the Mojave Desert:

Q. I planted some fruit trees in Searchlight, Nevada, which is at about 3,500 toes of elevation. My plum tree, though big, provides sick-looking fruit that are not edible. Is there anything at all I can spray or deal with the tree with to strengthen the fruit or do I have to start around?

A. It seems like you have a poor variety of plum. No, there is absolutely nothing you can spray or use on the fruit tree to strengthen the fruit. The fruit will remain the very same irrespective of the fertilizer or sprays you use. Regrettably, you will have to commence over.

All plums will not do the job in the desert. The wide range you pick out is extremely critical. If you are useless set on plums then I would recommend you decide on whether or not you like tough or soft fruit. Even though quite a few will perform, of the smooth-fruited types, obtain ‘Santa Rosa’, ‘Catalina’, ‘Burgundy’, and ‘Burbank’ which are purple or darkish pink. I have discovered them to make very good fruit in the desert.

Really don’t forget about pluots. Pluots are hybrids of plum and apricot but produce fruit that search like plums. Of the pink pluot versions that have performed effectively and effective, include things like ‘Flavor King’, ‘Dapple Dandy’, and “Flavor Grenade’.

This is a superior weather for plums or pluots but keep away from sizzling places. All of them need to be thinned for larger sized fruit. They expand ideal on jap or northern exposures, 8 to 10 feet aside, except if grown in the shade of other trees like in an orchard. Plant them in amended soil and address the soil with wood chips. Any of the semi-dwarfing rootstocks work well.

Q. I have a parking location that by no means receives any shade. I want to plant some thing there that would shade the automobile. Can you suggest a tree for that location?

A. Trees use drinking water. Larger sized trees use far more drinking water. With our h2o disaster and plant water use I would prevent planting trees. In its place, I would construct a shade composition. Shade structures really don’t use any drinking water but will require frequent maintenance rather.

Resources that call for less maintenance are produced from cement and aluminum or metal. If you want it to beautify it with crops, use vines rather. Vines planted at the corners and authorized to grow together the best will demand much less h2o than a tree.

Bob Morris is a horticulture specialist and professor emeritus of the College of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pay a visit to his weblog at xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com. Deliver inquiries to [email protected].