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February Gardening in Tucson


  • Winter flowers: Alyssum, pansy, petunia, snapdragon, stock, dianthus, geraniums, and cyclamen.
  • Winter vegetables and herbs: Continue planting starts of winter vegetables, less brussel sprouts. Plant seeds for arugula, beets, carrot, cilantro, chard, dill, kale lettuce, parsley, peas and radish.
  • Native Wildflowers: Last chance to sow wildflower seeds.
  • Spring vegetables: Start seeds indoors. Starts will be available at the end of the month. Plant outside and protect from frost.
  • Trees, shrubs and cactus: Plant any time of year just make sure to protect any cold tender plants from frost.


  • Winter flowers: Continue a regular fertilizing schedule with Happy Frog Fruit and Flower or Grow More Super Bloom.
  • Winter Vegetables and herbs: Continue a regular fertilizing schedule with Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable or Down to Earth Vegetable Garden.
  • Citrus: Fertilize on 2/14 with Happy Frog Citrus and Avocado or Down to Earth Citrus
  • Roses: At the end of the month begin a regular feeding schedule with Grow More Magnum Rose or Happy Frog Fruit and Flower
  • Houseplants: Fertilize with a half strength feeding of Grow More Sea Grow.


  • Roses, deciduous trees/shrubs and deciduous fruit trees (apricot, peach, plum, almond etc.).
  • Citrus once danger of frost is gone.


  • Continue to protect cold sensitive plants on freezing nights using frost cloth or natural fiber sheets/cloth. Make sure that the cloth is not directly touching the plant.

Plan & Prep

  • If you are thinking of adding to your garden or patio this is a good time to do research on plants. What is their mature size, sun and water requirements, bloom color and season?
  • You can start preparing spring flower and vegetable beds. Refresh existing soil by mixing in a few inches of Tanks Compost or Happy Frog Soil Conditioner.


  • Weeds: Continue to pull weeds while they are small. You can also start applying Amaze Pre-Emergent.
  • Irrigation check: Now is a good time to check your irrigation system for leaks and broken emitters as well as cleaning out your inline filter (part of your valve) and flushing your main lines (remove end caps and run the system to flush out sediment).