Monday, October 29, 2012

Desert Tortoises and Your Tucson Potted Garden

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

tortoise.jpg
Desert tortoises need a diet that can come right out of your pots using some of the same flowers that I mentioned last week as edible for humans!

Needing a diet with moderate protein, low fat, high fiber and water, captive desert tortoises will eat flowers such as pansies, violets, nasturtiums, hibiscus, geranium, evening primrose and globemallow.

The diet can be supplemented with vegetables like spinach, green beans, and lettuce.
Herb flowers including thyme, sage, and rosemary, all of which grow well in Tucson, can be grown around their habitat.

Greens are an important part of the tortoise's diet and provides much-needed fiber. Grass is an option for those who want a small patch of green and the leafy greens from many fresh vegetables including carrot, collard, mustard and turnip greens, provide high amounts of protein and extra water.

Have a question? Email Marylee
Sign up for our Potted E-News today. Receive monthly potted garden information as well as SW Arizona freeze alerts, heat and wind advisories.

For more information on Desert Tortoises, check out this article by Cheryl Losch, eHow Contributor

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Marylee M. Pangman

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Butterfly Magic

Butterfly Magic @ Tucson Botanical Gardens

Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Butterfly Magic

Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids… More

@ Tucson Botanical Gardens Oct. 1-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Keep On Poppin' On: Pop-Up Shops Gain Popularity in Tucson as Entrepreneurs use the Concept to Reinvent Their Craft (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Libraries Trump Hate (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Cinema Clips: Sandy Wexler (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Trouble in Republican City Over Voucher Expansion? (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Favoring the 8 Percent, Ignoring the 92 Percent (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation