The scorching desert heat and the extreme humidity during summer make growing vegetables in Dubai difficult. However, the climate is able to support a variety of vegetables and plants, which includes many crops with cool weather in the eight weeks of the calendar year (October through May).
If you’re just beginning to learn about gardening (or new to gardening in Dubai), it is likely to have lots of questions. That’s why I’ve put together the most frequently frequent queries (FAQs) to help you.
Where can I get plants that aren’t too expensive?
The Dubai Garden Center (on Sheikh Zayed Road) and Ace Hardware (in Festival City) often offer attractive plant sales when you’re looking for lots of plants for your yard; it can be quite costly.
There are several options that sell soil and plants (as well as stone and stunning fountains) at reasonable prices:
(1) the Warsan plant Souq. Warsan is an area in which you can find lots of outdoor gardens and landscaping shops. I would suggest parking close to one of the shops and walking around to see the different plants and the prices. It will give you an understanding of the price and bargaining opportunities. It’s possible to find the shop you like and frequent. In order to begin haggling, make sure you insist on what you believe to be the “best price.” Maybe you’re not. I’m terrible at bartering, which is why shopkeepers sometimes beg me to give me a free plant or two. Based on the amount you purchase, delivery costs vary from 100 to 150 Dhs.
(2) Khawaneej is home to Wahat Al Sahara (they are the leading suppliers for Dubai Garden Centre). Dubai Garden Centre). I haven’t yet visited the location. However, it has been highly recommended by a lot of people.
(3) “Plant Street” (also known as Al Hudaiba Street). Plant Street is just two blocks in length and is lined by small shops selling plants and irrigation equipment, fertilizers, and other gardening supplies. The prices are higher than in Warsan. However, they are a lot closer to the center of Dubai.
(4) There are numerous small local nurseries scattered throughout the city. If you’ve passed the mosque and noticed a number of potted plants as well as sacks of dirt piled before it, it’s likely to be an urban garden center that you should stop in to see the selection of plants they’ve got. Prices can be just a few dirhams higher than the plant souq; however, you’ll save time and money since you don’t have to drive to the far end of the street, particularly if you are only looking for one bag of soil or even a few annuals. You can bargain. There is one located in Barsha close to Seashells Nursery, along with the location located in Um Sequim near the large Spinneys are two popular local gardens. I’ve been known to drive by the opening of a new nursery, then slam at the brakes (if there’s nobody behind me), reverse park, and get out of my car to explore.
I recently purchased some new plants, and they appear to be dying. What options do i have?
Like children, plants do not like being moved from one place to the next. Children might be depressed because of a rapid change of place and their companions. This is called “transplant shock” in plants. It’s happened to the plant that you’ve altered its level of light and its watering routine in a flash and then caused root damage by moving it to a new place. Since plants can’t communicate, they display their displeasure through shedding and withering leaves. This is typical because the plant is focused on its efforts to remain alive.
However, there are some things that you could do in order to lessen the effects of transplant shock. When you purchase fresh plants, you should try to maintain them in their pots for at least a day before transferring to the new place. Be sure that they’re adequately watered and not as over-watered. Transplant the new plants into the soil once the sun sets (so your new plant area will be shaded) (don’t neglect to prep your new garden with fresh soil or compost, as Dubai soil is often infertile). Planting directly in sunlight (particularly in the summertime) is among the main causes of transplant shock, and many plants die due to it. Once you’ve planted your plants, ensure that they are completely watered. Because you can’t tell what date the plants were last fertilized by the plant shop and the excess fertilizer can harm plants, I never fertilize my plants for a minimum of two weeks.
My plants were thriving well before,but now they appear to be pale and sickly, What’s going on?
Fertilization should be performed regularly to allow plants to develop. If you notice that the leaves on your plant are shrinking and the color of your foliage is becoming lighter and less dense, You should feed your plants as soon as you notice. There are many options to choose from. Your gardener can also help with this and could have asked for funds to purchase an inorganic NPK fertilizer that is made of small blue pellets.
Inorganic and organic fertilizers also contain some NPK and a small number of other minerals. The letters N, P, K, and N are for nitrogen (for healthy leaves), Phosphorus (for healthy blossoms and fruits), and potassium (for good flowers and fruits) (for healthy stems and roots). Minerals such as magnesium, iron, manganese, and iron are some examples of micro-nutrients. Fertilizers are available both in liquid and solid forms. Follow the instructions. Be cautious and do not over-fertilize your plants, as this could cause leaf browning or leaf drop. It can also cause plant death.
I’m looking for organic fertilizer, but I’m not sure where to look.
Organic fertilizers were extremely difficult to obtain. However, there are numerous options. Take a look at your local garden centers in addition to the bigger ones (Dubai Garden Center or Ace Hardware). Madina Garden Center in Satwa is one of the most popular places to go. I usually visit there to purchase organic fertilizer in large quantities, which usually means buying 25-kilogram bags for between 100 and 125 Dhs. It is possible to purchase smaller quantities, and the staff will only measure what you’ll need. The extract of seaweed and fish emulsions are also available and are both beneficial for healthy leaf development.
What is it that is consuming my plant?
The act of chomping leaves the favorite activity of two commonly-spotted pests.
My children call vine weevils “evil weevils” and caterpillars as “evil weevils.” They leave various food patterns on the leaves, which you can utilize to determine their identity.
Weevils create uneven patterns along the edges of leaves along with tiny black spots that resemble dried liquids in the leaf. Caterpillars like to leave more sharp edges (you can find more examples of this by the search for “caterpillar damage”) and leave behind small black and green balls of Faeces (which may also be rectangular).
The insects emerge in the evening and gnaw at the edges of leaves, wreaking destruction to your plants. They are attracted to those leaves that I have on my figs, my desert rose, and the basil that I grow in my garden. Organic sprays do not treat weevils. However, the inorganic sprays can be found at your local nursery or Dubai Garden Centre. I do not like using chemical sprays. I intend to “dispose” of them permanently by waiting for an hour or so after sunset and then heading out into my garden using a headlamp to find the suckers that are awry and removing them by hand, gloved, or garden tools.
Repeat this procedure for a couple of nights until no more flies can be seen. It’s evident that they have some tricks up their sleeves. When they sense your presence, then they to the ground upon their rears (acting as dead). Though they rarely appear during the day, you can get them out by watering soil around the plant that is damaged. They are averse to water and will start climbing the closest thing, whether it’s the wall or the tree trunk. It’s possible to capture the caterpillars and get them out of your garden at this point. Caterpillars are removed with care either by hand or using a garden trowel and then relocated to a different area of your garden.
How can I prevent my garden from being used as a litter box by cats?
Based on my own experience, only I make this claim. Cats like sandy areas which are dry and bare. You can grow flowers and grasses or place stones or gravel on the ground if you have the space. A small number of black peppercorns sprinkled around the areas where cats prefer to conduct business has always been effective for me. After a few days, the effect wears off, and I repeat it three or four times until the cats stay away. I purchase whole peppercorns in large quantities at the supermarkets because their prices are typically the most affordable. Have you figured out where they are kept in large bags at Carrefour or in the Coop? Yes, that’s the part. The spice souq offers lower prices, but it’s too far to travel there.