26 Heat-Loving Garden Plants That You Can Grow
Would you like to have a list of 26 heat loving garden plants that you can grow? If you live in an area that regularly gets temperatures over 100 degrees in the summer, then you know that growing a garden in the heat requires time to figure out what works and what doesn’t… A list of what works could be helpful.
For Example Tomatoes Love Heat
For example, Tomatoes love heat, but if you do not start them soon enough you will not get very many tomatoes. When the temps get over 100 Tomatoes quit setting fruit, so the trick with Tomatoes is to start them in pots back in November or December, grow them as big as possible, then get them in the ground as soon as the last threat of frost has past,,, Getting your tomatoes to set its crop of fruit before the temps rise is the key to being successful growing them in the heat, so when it does get hot your tomatoes will only need to get bigger, and ripen.
Garden Plants That I Have Grown In The Heat
To help get my garden growing, I decided to compile a list of vegetables that I have had success growing here in the desert, and some that I have not grown that I have recently learned about… You should start growing these in the month of March…
1. Okra – Of all the heat loving vegetables Okra is my number 1… Okra seems to thrive in the heat, so long as it is given enough water when it needs it… Plant plenty of okra and freeze as much as you can and you will have okra for stews for those cooler days and nights.
2. Basil – Basil is my number two hot weather plant, though not technically a vegetable, but a herb. Basil out performs many other herbs and greens when it is hot… If you love pesto you can grow all you need for making your own…
3. Moringa – Moringa is a tree that is grown for its high nutrient content… Moringa contains all the essential amino acids, is high in over 90 nutrients, is a power house of nutrition, and loves growing in the heat. All parts of the tree are used as food, but I grow it for the leaves…
4. Luffa – I have only grown Luffa one year, but it did great. The Luffa used the Okra as shade and grew under and around them. Luffa is eaten as a vegetable in soups and stews when it is young in Asian cuisines… Most of us know it as a sponge,,,
I am convinced that luffa is one of man’s natural skin/bath cleansers, fresh luffa has a soapy, sappy, watery feel in the shower. I think it is God’s design for us to use luffa or some other plant to bath instead of soap, or other artificial cleansers… Fresh luffa that has developed a inner stiffness, is not to rough or scratchy, but if left to dry it will become rougher and more exfoliating…
5. Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe will produce if started early,,, I have been able to grow them by starting them after the last frost…
7. Egyptian Spinach – Egyptian spinach is not really a spinach but a green leaf that loves hot weather,,, I grew them last year…
8. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet Potatoes do well when it is hot, and we grew some last year, but I think we waited to long to start them… Getting sweet potato starts from the seed catelogs means that you do not get to start them early… I forget now, but I think it was April or May when I got them…
10. Mexican Oregano (Poliomentha longiflora) – I found Mexican Oregano at a local nursery, to me I did not taste the strong Oregano flavor that so many mention… But for a heat loving plant it is a good one, and somewhat of a succulent…
11. Pasilla Peppers – Pasilla are one of my favorite chile’s for chile powder, it is a mild and sweet chile,, and can be used for the largest part of a chile mixture… I like to use it for a mild enchilada sauce,,, ground pasilla chile, with tomato sauce, and other Mexican spices… These grew really well I was able to freeze many for later…
12. Anaheim Peppers – My second favorite pepper is the Anaheim Chile Pepper,,, I love them in Chile Rellenos, or Chile with cheese… These grow really well in the heat, I grew them last year but did not get as many as I would have liked…
14. Grapes – Grapes grow very well here in Arizona but are harvested earlier than when grown in cooler areas, we already have a lot of new grapes set on our vines, it was surprising to see so many so soon, it is now March…
15. Peanuts – Peanuts love the heat and do well when the soil is nutrient rich,,, we grew some last year in a new bed that had not gotten very much compost, and while they grew the did not grow fast… I think that they would do better if the soil was richer… Our local nursery owner suggested peanuts because he did well growing them in our area.
There you have it my list of garden plants that I have successfully grown here in the heat… This is not the only garden plants that grow in the heat, I found more that I plan to try…
Must Try These
Here is the must try list I was able to come up searching the internet…
16. Armenian Cucumber – They are said to love the heat,,, but don’t let them grow too big before you eat them, they are not as tasty.
17. Asparagus Bean – Or Yard long bean
18. Malabar Spinach – Malabar is not a true spinach but is a green that grows well in the heat, when others have wilted.
19. Egg Plant – Is in the Night Shade family like tomatoes, but they love summer heat.
20. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Lemon Balm is great for calming anxiety and an overactive mind.
21. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) – Lemongrass is a wonderful herb in many Asian dishes…
22. Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida) –
23. Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) – Onion chives do not handle the heat, but garlic chives are said to thrive in the heat.
24. Sunflower – Sunflowers are said to do well in the heat and are good for shading other lower growing plants.
25. Pumpkin – I have tried to grow other squashes that did not grow so well. Pumpkins are supposed to grow better in the heat than some of the other squash.
26. Blackeye Peas – Some call these southern peas, that also include; Cowpeas & Field peas
I am sure that this list is not exhaustive but limited by what I could find. I left out all the heat loving edible succulents, but if you would like to read about some heat loving edible succulents that I found you might like Heat Loving Edible Succulents, post here!
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