07 May YOUR ESTABLISHED CACTI CAN USE A LITTLE HELP
Many homeowners chose to landscape their grounds with local plants native to the Sonoran Desert, including succulents and cacti. Here are some ways of caring for these desert floras through the hot summer months:
TYPES OF CACTI
Although the saguaro is the most iconic type of cactus in the desert region, Arizona features many more species. Prickly pears, with their large, flat arms, barrel cacti produce many colorful, small blooms in the spring and agaves add great architectural elements.
CACTI RECEIVE LITTLE MAINTENANCE
Cacti have evolved to thrive in the harsh environments of the desert, making them a hardy plant that requires little maintenance. They need to be fed once or twice per year and need plenty of sunlight and a small amount of water to grow and bloom.
WATERING YOUR CACTI
Although they are hardy to our dry environment, cacti still require some water to stay healthy. Cacti will appreciate a gallon or two of water every other week in the months of May and June.
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.
PROTECTING YOUR CACTI
Cacti can get sunburned when newly transplanted even though they are desert plants. If you notice yellow or brown spots on cacti, cover them with shade cloth to protect them from the sun’s 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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