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RE: wildflower seeds, please help (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: murmanator on 09.12.2006 at 03:56 pm in Arizona Gardening Forum

Wild Seed in Tempe is the best, they will send you out whatever you want and have everything.

POB 27751 Tempe AZ 85285
PH: 602-276-3536
FAX: 602-276-3524

Very knowledgable and easy to deal with. Highly recommended.

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RE: How to identify water stress?? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Crumpet on 07.19.2005 at 11:34 pm in Drought Forum

Varies with the plants. Some wilt and don't recover overnight. Others take on a "miscolor." Lawns may turn a touch purple or grey before turning brown. Deciduous plants often grey a bit..it is subtle, watch for it. Some plants will begin to roll their leaves in an attempt to reduce surface facing the sun. Damage begins such as burned leaf edges or flower buds falling off.

Insect problems such as spider mites literally explode in hot, dry weather. Leaves will feel gritty, have stippling marks from feeding.......and eventually webs form. By the web time the infestation is severe.

Mulch, mulch, mulch to conserve any moisture.

Damage may not appear until next year as the plants are not making enough carbohydrates for good growth and flowering next year.

In other words, it varies with the plants.

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Native Plant Catagory List

posted by: Dicentra on 08.18.2002 at 11:54 pm in Drought Forum

While trying to plan for a more xeriscaped garden in future years, I came across a site which has useful native plant catagories with specific plant information. It gave me ideas as to what I may want to incorporate here with native plants, which are more tolerable to drought conditions.


Native Plant Lists

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Xeriscape Extreme seed mix

posted by: alison on 03.18.2006 at 04:07 pm in Drought Forum

I'm planting a slope in front of my office this spring, and while I've started a lot of specific plantsd, there is an awful lot of 'ground to cover', so to speak. It's a south-facing, fast draining slope, and a seed pack labelled "Xeriscape Extreme' from Botanical Interests caught my eye at the garden center.

I'm thinking of sowing a big tray of it and planting out hunks of the seedlings in their own little beds this spring. I have no idea what they'll look like, and I may want to keep replacing these "pre-mix" beds with a combination of my own plants, but it seems like it may be an easy way to get something pretty going in the short run.

We've got some lilac bushes and two peach trees in the space now, and I'd like to make this space as pretty as possible, since we look at it all day outside the plate glass window. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to be the only one really working in it, and I've got a garden of my own to attend to. There is a spigot right on the front of the building, and I'm thinking of setting out some soaker hoses, but realistically, this is going to rely much more on natural rainfall.

Does anyone know this blend, or have any comments on this strategy? Appreciate any suggestions! Here's what's contained in the mix (pretty much the same proportion):

Lupine Arroyo
Sweet Pea Cupido
Cosmos Sulfur
Blanketflower
Gazania
California Dwarf yellow poppy
California poppy
African Daisy
California Bluebell
White Evening Primrose
Bird's Eyes
Blue Flax
Dwarf Plains Coreopsis
Desert Marigold
Mexican Hat
Moss Verbena
Rocky Mountain Penstemon
Mountain Phlox
Pink Evening Primrose
Tidytips

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Sources of Drought Resistant Plants and Seeds

posted by: mcStargazer on 11.29.2005 at 11:45 pm in Drought Forum

Well, its almost that time of year again when the seed catalogs start to roll! Let's collect some good sources for drought resistant plants and seeds in this thread.

FYI: Bountiful Gardens has a "Drought Tolerant Collection" of seeds containing: "...amaranth, moth bean, perpetual spinach, black aztec corn, lamb's quarters, purslane, mustard greens, New Zealand spinach, sorrel, dock, horehound, hyssop, wooly vetch, and crownvetch."

What are some other sources?

Here is a link that might be useful: Bountiful Garden's Seed Mix/Collection Page

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RE: Name Your Best Drought Condition Plants (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: farmfreedom on 04.18.2006 at 11:26 am in Drought Forum

Day lilies after they are 3 years old are heat and drought tolerant .Vetch ,cacti,living stones ,locust beans, aloe vera . for a start .The driest desert in the world is in South America IT RAINS 1 TIME IN 4 YEARS . I would love to know what growes there.

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