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January Gardening in Tucson


  • Winter flowers: Alyssum, pansy, petunia, snapdragon, stock, dianthus, geraniums, and cyclamen.
  • Winter vegetables and herbs: You can continue planting starts of winter vegetables, less brussel sprouts. You can still plant seeds for arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cilantro, collards, dill, fennel, kale, lettuce, parsley, onion and garlic sets and potato slips.
  • Native Wildflowers: Plant now and take advantage of winter rains.
  • Spring vegetables: Tomatoes, especially beef steaks, can be started from seed indoors.
  • Trees, shrubs and cactus: You can plant any time of year just make sure to protect any new 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.
  • 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).


  • 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.


  • If you want to move a shrub or cactus to a different part of the yard now is a good time to do so. Keep as much of the root ball intact as possible. Once it is in its new home apply either B-1 or Fertilome root stimulator to abate transplant shock.


  • 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).