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By: pokerdiva
Tanque Verde Greenhouses
I hate to state the obvious, but the individual who wrote a review for this nursery back in '08 apparently needed more than the 3 eyes of which he boasts - my husband and I love this place, and so do all the people we know!I find all their staff to be extremely knowledgeable, not to mention very friendly and patient. The prices on cactus and pottery are the best I've seen in the area, and I've tried most of the other places in town at this point.They are easy to find - just east of Houghton Tanque Verde - which is good because you'll be back often!
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By: snarecrusher
Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery
we can get lost for hours wondering around Mesquite. The staff is VERY friendly as well as knowledgeable about every plant they have in stock. You can see the quality and care at this nursery, and even though it is huge, you can always find someone to help you if you need it.
By: Veronica B.
Ponderosa Cactus & Hay Sales
Amazing variety of plants and such friendly staff. I just received an installation of a saguaro and LOVE IT! They did a phenomenal job and definitely recommending them to everyone I know!
By: Beverly L.
Ponderosa Cactus & Hay Sales
Beautiful nursery and great deals! I came in and was just blown away by the variety of plants they have to offer.
Tips & Advices
Yes, many nurseries ship plants and trees, but inter-state shipping regulations are complex and strict, and nurseries must be in compliance regardless of whether that disallows a customer order. Also, even if items are allowed to ship, they might not survive if outside the proper USDA growing zones--in which case a nursery might try to discourage the customer from placing the order.
The ease of caring for fruit trees varies according to where you live, but lemon trees and apple trees are widely considered easy to grow. Pear trees are fast-growing but need to be planted alongside another pear variety to bear fruit. Stone fruit trees, especially cherries and plums, are popular in regions with defined seasons and cool winters.  In hot/humid regions, banana trees (producing small varieties of banana) and mango trees are known as “fast fruiters” that require little care.
Plant Hardiness Zones are the government-researched standard geographical breakdown of broad climate regions across the United States. The USDA has created a map of the United States, which includes 11 planting zones. This map helps gardeners determine what to plant when, based on accumulated weather data. Factors like soil quality and microclimates are not accounted for in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones, and should certainly be taken into consideration as well.
Perennial plants and trees grow anew each spring, and are dormant in the winter. Annuals have a lifespan of only one growing season, and need to be replanted each year.
Evergreen is a term for plants and trees that keep some green foliage year-round. While the term “evergreen” is closely associated with pine trees, many other types of trees are also evergreen, including live oak, blue spruce, eucalypts, and most of the coniferous cousins of pine.

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