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Best Practices For Gardening In Arizona

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

Arizona receives numerous days of sunshine, making the outdoors a prime hangout spot. This is why we install outdoor kitchens, outdoor entertainment spots, fire pits & beautiful landscaping accents to grow seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables from the garden don’t taste like your run-of-the-mill grocery store finds. They are much more flavorful and unique. Although it's not always realistic to grow everything that you eat, it is always a treat to grow what you can.

Gardening In The Desert

It's a common occurrence for towns in Arizona to have sandy, tough soil from the daily heat & sunshine. When incorporating plants into a landscaping design, understand that plants will need lots of attention. Plants will require additional nutrients to thrive and make it to the fruiting/flowering stage in Arizona.

What Are Plant Nutrients?

Plant nutrients are essentially plant food, or at least what the plant absorbs from plant food. Just like a human will absorb nutrients from the food they eat, plants need nutrients to live. Plant nutrients help to stimulate plant growth, increase crop yields and create happy healthy plants.

There are lots of different types of fertilizers for plants growing outside including both organic fertilizers and synthetic fertilizers.

Since plants cannot absorb nutrients as an element, they extract nutrition from compounds. This includes elements like nitrate or ammonium for nitrogen, sulfate for sulfur or phosphate for phosphorus. Fertilizers supply compounds that are best absorbed by plants for maximum nutrition.

Other than the major nutrients of Oxygen, Carbon and Hydrogen, primary elements are required in larger amounts for plant success. Secondary elements are needed in lesser proportions and micro nutrients are distributed in marginal quantities. However, for optimum growth and fruiting, all of these elements play a part and are necessary.

These 17 nutrients are categorized as Primary, secondary and micro nutrients based on their significance for plant growth.

Primary Elements