I love shopping for pots for my garden – I don’t think you can have too many.  All the different sizes, shapes and colors serve as inspiration for what plants I will use.

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Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    I've been searching the web and can't find anything that tells me what the best time of day is to water in Arizona summers…morning? evening? does it not matter?

  2. azplantlady
    azplantlady says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    That is a very good question you have.

    First, when you shouldn't water, which is during the day – especially in the summer.

    The reason for this is that plants are under stress during the heat of the day and are doing their best to cope with the heat. If you water at this time, they have a harder time taking up water as a result.

    Also, if you are using sprinklers, you are more water to evaporation then if you water when it is dark.

    The best time to water is early in the morning – around 5:00 am. The reason for this is that plants have time to uptake water before the heat of the day arrives and helps them to better withstand the heat of the day. The same is true for watering our lawn.

    I hope this answers your questions.


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