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Desert Flowering Plants 7

desert flowering plants 7
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The intense heat of summer and the cold winters of the Southwest are not for the faint of heart, and these native plants do more than just grow in the desert’s often unforgiving environment. They have special adaptations that allow them to thrive in the arid regions of the U.S. Southwest, handling not just the extreme dry heat but also the freezing temperatures of winter. Many of these natives are also an important source of nectar for birds and bees, and some provide nesting sites for native bird species. Each one of these plants is drought tolerant and adds beauty to the desert landscape. Plants native to the desert require full sun, but some can tolerate light shade for part of the day. Deep, infrequent watering and well-drained soil are the keys to healthy native desert plants. Allow water to permeate down to at least 1½ to 2 feet deep and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating plants in the Southwest. New plants will need more water until established. Dig holes for new plants that are three times the width of the root ball, which will help the plants grow roots and become established more quickly. Supplemental fertilizer is seldom required for these desert natives.Not in the Southwest? Browse plants native to other regions of the U.S.

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