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Southwest: July Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

Air plants. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth via pexels.com

Consider some indoor gardening to keep cool! In most of the Southwest, it’s just downright HOT right now. So how about working on that terrarium that has been collecting dust, or giving your air plants (Tillandsia spp., Zones 10–12) a nice bath?

Spot-water your thirstier plants, like this lantana (Lantan camara, Zones 10-11) and avoid over-watering succulents and cacti, like this ‘Ellisiana’ spineless prickly pear (Opuntia cacanapa ‘Ellisiana’, Zones 6-10). Photo: Laurel Startzel

Spot watering can be an essential technique if you like to mix and match succulents, thirsty annuals, and perennials in your containers like we do. This is an easy way to control the amount of water that each plant is receiving.

Newly planted succulents may need some shade. Photo: Rachel Young

Continue to provide additional shade to prevent sunburn for newly planted succulents and perennials, and remember to water regularly throughout this month.

Sheila Schultz and Laurel Startzel are a mother-daughter duo who founded Denver Dirty Girls Container Gardening while living in Denver, Colorado and have continued their business since moving to Tucson, Arizona.

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