Desert Landsacpe - Knowledgebase Question

West Covina, Ca
Question by fergusonwill
January 27, 2010
I have a small Saguro Catus about 8

Answer from NGA
January 27, 2010


Saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert where the temperatures are high and rainfall sparse. They grow very slowly, usually only a half inch a year so if yours is 8" tall, it must be over 15 years old. It won't grow outdoors in Los Angeles so plan to keep it indoors. You can repot as needed. For the most part, saguaro's roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall so you won't need a very large pot for yours. Always plant it at the same soil depth as it was growing before. If you bury the main stem it will rot. Wish you can plant it as a focal point in your garden but I'm afraid it won't live very long.

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