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Aug 24, 2016 10:02 AM CST
hello i live in quartzsite az ten miles from Colorado river . the other nite we had a bad storm. and my 14 ft ocotillo fell over. its over thirty years old and i want to plant the broken parts. can i. how long can it stay out of the growned. and how do i plant it . i had to chop it up just to move it. thank you alec need your help

Aug 24, 2016 10:18 AM CST
every body knows where quartz site is . its where all the people come to feel the sun shine all year long. there over a million people here from oct to April. you can see every thing you want the town is full of venders from all over u.s.a. here. im happy when they go home .you can stand in the middle of the street and not get run over. a lot of people dont go home like me . its the cheapest place in the world to live . i know because i came from Calif. dont know why i stayed the 65 years. i live in eureka Calif on the ocean in a little town called mckinleyville. that is all about me. can you help on my ocotillo
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Aug 24, 2016 10:22 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA

How sad! I love Ocotillo but its way too cold in Reno. I suspect you can root them from cuttings and the root system, once righted and re-planted, should regrow. Select branch tips that are 6 or 8 inches tall, plant them about half way into fast draining soil and wait patiently. That is how most succulents are rooted so I think it has a chance of working for Ocotillo.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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