New and Established cacti can use a little help | Santa Rita Landscaping

May and June can be hot and dry. New and Established cacti can use a little help.


In Tucson, average highs in April are over 80°F, and by May temperatures can already reach the 100s. Because the desert climate experiences such intense heat, many plant species that would be landscaping staples elsewhere cannot thrive in Arizona. Many property owners elect to landscape their grounds with local plants native to the Sonoran Desert, including succulents and cacti. Learn more about these desert floras and how to care for them below.

Types of Cacti

Although the tall, many-armed saguaros are the most iconic type of cactus in the world, the natural landscapes and carefully tended gardens of Arizona feature many more species. Prickly pears, with their large, flat “arms,” Barrel cacti produce many colorful, small blooms and Agaves add great architectural elements.

Cacti Receive Little Maintenance

Because they have evolved to thrive in the harsh environments of the desert, cacti are generally hardy plants that require little maintenance, which makes them perfect for gardens in Tucson. They only need to be fed once or twice per year, and all they really require to grow and bloom is plenty of sunlight and a small amount of water.

Watering Your Cacti

Although they are well suited to dry environments, cacti do still require some water in order to stay healthy. During the hot summer months before the monsoon season, you should water your cacti once every couple of weeks to make sure that they don’t stress. Cacti will appreciate a gallon or two of water every other week in May and June.

Protecting Your Cacti

Though they are desert plants, cacti can get sunburned when newly transplanted. If you notice yellow or brown spots on yours, cover them with shade cloth to protect them from ultraviolet rays.

Santa Rita Landscaping of Tucson can help you take good care of any cacti on your property, and even plant news one for you. With over 75 years of combined experience maintaining landscapes in the Old Pueblo, we know how to care for all types of cacti. Call us today at (520) 623-0421 to inquire about our services.

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