The Q&A Archives: Ocotillo Growth

Question: I planted an Ocotillo in my Phoenix garden over two months ago and am still waiting for some

Answer: Since your ocotillo is only recently planted, it will take several months - maybe even a year - for the roots to become established and new growth to appear. Those in the desert have greened up after the monsoon, but these have well established root systems. I wouldn't water it and I wouldn't mist it. Allow just the natural rain to wet the soil. Ocotillo are not terribly fast growing and your plant needs a chance for the roots to break out of dormancy and become established before it will have the energy to produce leaves. Don't kill it with kindness - instead just be patient and you'll be rewarded with fantastic flowers.

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