What to plant when in the UAE?

What to plant when in the UAE?

Gardening is a very popular past time in the UAE, and despite our climate well planned, well nurtured gardens can be both beautiful and productive!

The grow your own (GYO) movement is becoming more of a popular choice for many households. Not only is it often healthier and better for the environment, but outdoor activities such as gardening, are great for our well-being.

IF you are keen to start your own food garden, then first of all consider where are you going to plant, what is the space you have? Secondly consider what will I or indeed my family eat? Perhaps it’s delicious cherry tomatoes, or spicy chilis? Relatively easy to grow in our sunny climate.

For the beginner, or apartment dweller, herbs are always a good choice, a sunny windowsill can be a perfect home for basil, pepper, chives, coriander, and mint.

For a sunny garden space: cucumbers and tomatoes can be grown completely in the sun (but just be mindful of the pests who also enjoy them – we sell natural and safe products to help on that!)

For a shady patch -consider spinach or lettuce, generally need a bit more shade, either naturally or you can cover them with some netting.

Plan your planting by the weather -  plants which need shade yield better results if you plant them the cooler winter months with less heat, cooler soil and regular shade coger, whereas other vegetables such as bird's-eye chilies and eggplant will not only survive but thrive in the summer sun and heat.

We often get asked what to plant and when, and since we sell a range of seeds for vegetables and fruits as well as flowers and plants, we have put together a small guide for all of you kitchen gardeners.

Dates for Planting Vegetables & Fruits in the United Arab Emirates
Plant Planting in Nursery In the field

Harvest

Family
Radish
Oct - Nov
Nov - Dec
40-50 Days
Cruciferae
Cauliflower
Sept - Dec
Oct - Dec
70-90 Days
Cruciferae
Cabbage
Sept - Dec
Oct - Dec
70-80 Days
Cruciferae
Beans
Oct - Nov
Oct - Nov
60-70 Days
Legumes
Zucchini
Feb - Mar
Aug - Sept
Mar - Apr
Sept-Nov
35 Days
Cucurbits
Cucumber
Feb - Mar
Aug - Sept
 Mar-Apr
Sept-Oct
40 Days
Cucurbits
Melon
Feb - Mar
Mar - Apr
75-80 Days
Cucurbits
Watermelon
Feb - Mar
Mar - Apr
80-90 Days
Cucurbits
Pepper
Aug - Oct
Sept-Nov
60-70 Days
Solanaceae
Eggplant
Aug - Oct
Sept-Nov
70-80 Days
Solanaceae
Tomato
Aug - Oct
Sept-Nov
85-90 Days
Solanaceae
Lettuce
Sept - Nov
Oct - Dec
50-60 Days
Compositeae
Okra
Feb - Mar
Mar - Apr
50-60 Days
Malvaceae
Strawberry
Sept - Nov
Oct - Dec
120-180 Days
Rosaceae
Sweet Corn
 
Feb - Mar
Oct - Nov
70-190 Days
120-130 Days
Crambidae
Coriander
Oct - Nov
50-60 Days
Umbellifers
Parsley
Oct - Nov
60 Days
Umbellifers
Carrot
Oct - Nov
 
100-120 Days
Umbellifers
Spinach
Oct - Dec
50-60 Days
Chenopodiaceae
Beetroot
Oct - Nov
75-80 Days
Chenopodiaceae
Leek
Sept - Oct
45-60 Days
Amaryllidaceae
Onion
Sept - Nov
Oct - Dec
150 Days
60 Days
Amaryllidaceae

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