Low Desert Arizona garden in September
What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in September? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona.
The low desert of Arizona includes cities in and around Phoenix, including Glendale, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Apache Junction, Buckeye, Fountain Hills, Tolleson, Surprise, Sun City, Queen Creek, and Goodyear.
September! We’ve almost made it through the long hot summer. The good news – lots to plant this month in the garden. The bad news – the days are still hot. Even so, the mornings and evenings are beginning to cool off, reminding us why we love to live in Arizona!
Gardening in Arizona means there is something to plant or harvest year-round. Most vegetables can be grown in Arizona if they are planted at the right time, and for a lot of vegetables, September is the right time. Prepare your Arizona garden in September for fall planting by amending it with compost and organic fertilizer.
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Pests in the low desert Arizona garden in September
Unfortunately, the slightly cooler temperatures of September are inviting to pests. It is important to make efforts to prevent pests organically, but not all pests can be prevented. Be on the lookout this month for infestations in the garden. Read this article for organic pest control that really works.
Spider mites are a type of arachnid. Relatives of spiders and ticks, they can suck the life out of plants (literally).
Prune out large infestations, and spray off with water. Spray plants off with water regularly to prevent future infestations.
Tecoma plants, yellow bells, and bougainvillea often get infested with small caterpillars at this time of year. If the plant is large, it usually survives the infestation without affecting the overall health of the tree.
If you decide to treat, here are a few choices: spray off with water or use BT. When the weather cools a bit, the caterpillars will have moved on. Prune severely infected branches.
Whiteflies are active in the warm weather of late summer and early fall.
Aphids are most active in cooler weather.
Read this post for organic pest control that really works.
What’s growing in the low desert Arizona garden in September?
Keep up with daily okra harvests this month. Learn my seven favorite ways to use okra in this blog post.
Roselle blooms, and harvests begin in earnest this month. Learn more about growing roselle in this article.
Peanuts may be ready for harvest this month.
Several types of winter squash grow well throughout September. Many will be ready to harvest next month.
Luffa fruit forms and grows quickly this month. Hand pollinate if female blossoms are not forming fruit. Learn how to grow luffa in this blog post.
Cucamelon vines thrive in September’s temperatures. Learn how to grow cucamelons in this blog post.
Which flowers are growing in the low desert Arizona garden in September?
September is a time of change in the annual flower bed. Clear out summer blooming annuals and amend beds well with compost. Once daytime temps are below 100℉, plant cool-season annuals from seed and transplants. Water newly-planted annuals each day until they show new growth and are established.
Blue Daze is an evergreen member of the morning glory family with blue flowers. This low-maintenance plant thrives in tree wells or containers.
Blackfoot daisy loves hot, dry conditions and does well in rocky areas. This low-mounding perennial gets about 2 feet wide and 1 foot high.
Gomphrena blooms steal the show this month. Learn more about growing gomphrena in this blog post.
Zinnias continue blooming through the next month or two. Learn how to grow zinnias in this article.
Collect seeds from blooming four o’clocks this month. Learn how to grow four o’clock flowers in this article.
Lisianthus blooms continue during September. Learn how to grow lisianthus in this article.
Sunset cosmos reseeds easily and blooms through the fall.
Vinca blooms well in Arizona gardens all summer long. It is one of 10 flowers that love hot summers.
Purple hyacinth bean vine blooms this month. This article shares how to grow purple hyacinth bean vine.
What’s happening with fruit trees in the low desert Arizona garden in September?
Lemons are beginning to ripen in September. Skin color is not always an indicator of ripeness, so taste fruit to see when it is ready.
Fruit stores best on the tree. The longer the fruit stays on the tree, the sweeter the fruit becomes. Fruit will not ripen once picked. Ripe citrus fruit can be left on the tree for up to 6 months depending on the variety.
Want to learn more about growing pomegranates? This article will help.
What’s happening with herbs in the low desert Arizona garden in September?
Garlic chive blooms are a sure indicator that it is September. The pollinators love the blooms. Learn more about growing garlic chives in this article.
Arizona low desert garden in September to-do list:
- Prune summer-damaged perennial herbs back by about 1/3.
- Fertilize herb and vegetable beds, add compost as well.
- Top beds off with compost or Arizona Worm Farm Raised Bed Mix
- Do not prune fruit trees this month.
- Fertilize citrus trees, if you didn’t do it in late August. Water citrus deeply this month, before and after fertilizing. Skip fertilizing grapefruit this time, they require less fertilizer than other types of citrus trees.
- Once daytime temperatures are consistently below 100℉ remove shade cloth (if using).
- Check watering system, fix any leaks. I use the watering grids from Garden in Minutes. Use code Angela10 to save $10 off $100
- When daytime temperatures are below 100℉, begin to adjust time between watering citrus and other fruit trees to around twice a month. Water deeply but not as often as in the summer months.
- Clear out summer-blooming annuals and make room for cool-season flowers and annuals.
- Save seeds from zinnias and other summer flowers and vegetables.
- Find seed potatoes and begin the process of “chitting” them, so they will be ready to plant late this month or October. Learn more about how to grow potatoes in this article.
- Order garlic so you are ready to plant it in October. Store it in the fridge until it’s time to plant.
- Begin fertilizing roses again this month. Keep up with watering every few days until temperatures cool in October. Once temperatures are below 100℉, prune roses lightly to remove dead or diseased canes.
- Plant spring-flowering perennials this month.
- Plan your wildflower & winter flower garden.
- Refresh in-bed vermicomposting bins or start new bins when nighttime temperatures are consistently below 85°F.
Vegetables to plant in the low desert Arizona garden in September:
- Plant seeds of Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Leeks, Mustard, Green Onions, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, and Turnips all month long. Plant I’itoi Onions all month.
- After September 15th plant transplants of Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, and Lettuce.
- After September 15th plant Beets (seeds), Peas (seeds), Potatoes, and Strawberries.
Perpetual Planting Calendar is available in my shop
- PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists vegetables, fruit & herbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
- HARVEST GUIDE: Photos show what may be ready to harvest that month.
- Planting dates are for the low desert of Arizona (zone 9b).
Arizona Vegetable Planting Guide helps you learn when to plant vegetables in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.
With 50 vegetables listed that grow well in the low desert of Arizona you are sure to find one to try.
Flowers to plant in the low desert Arizona garden in September:
Perpetual Flower Planting Calendar is available in my shop
Flowers to Plant Outside & Seeds to Start Indoors Each Month in the Low Desert of Arizona.
• PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists annual flowers and bulbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
• BLOOMING GUIDE: Photos show what may be in bloom that month.
Arizona annual flowers planting guide helps you learn when to plant flowers in Arizona, and whether to plant seeds or transplants.
Seed Box Labels with planting dates for vegetables and flowers
Want more information about gardening in Arizona? This blog post shares 7 tips for how to grow a vegetable garden in Arizona.