Ocotillo Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
Question by henhackers
July 29, 2008
I planted an Ocotillo in my Phoenix garden over two months ago and am still waiting for some

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2008


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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