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Bob Morris

Gardening columnist

Bob Morris is a horticulture expert and professor emeritus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Visit his blog at xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com.

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Not much is known how kurapia performs in desert climate

Kurapia has worked well in covering highway and freeway shoulders, rooftops, public utility areas, commercial properties and solar farm landscapes. But not much is known how it performs in a desert climate.

Traditional yew pine successfully grows in desert

Traditional yew pine is considered a tough mesic evergreen tree but is not a desert plant. It can handle our hot summers if it gets afternoon shade and is not surrounded by surface rock.

Size of pepper plant depends on variety

Pepper plant size depends on the variety. The recent trend in vegetable transplant hybridizing for home gardens is for closer spacing and early production.

Kurapia may not be tolerant to extreme desert temperatures

Kurapia was started from the native plant, Lippia nodiflora, native to the tropical and subtropical areas of South America and the United States. That calls into question its tolerance to extreme desert temperatures and low humidity.

Always check out rules governing pesticides use

It is important to follow all federal, state or local laws or ordinances pertaining to the use of a pesticide — whether it is used to kill weeds, insects, protect plants from diseases or terminate the life of a critter — and that any pesticide is used as a last resort.

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