Ocotillo cacti (Fouquieria splendens) are indigenous to California, particularly desert places such as the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. This plant is really perhaps not and a shrub a cactus. The ocotillo has comparable characteristics to some cactus including severe drought tolerance roots, stem photosynthesis and spines. The reach 9 to 30-feet tall with 11/2 inch spines. For portion of the yr, the stems are covered by green leaves that are oval, when it rains after a dry spell and vibrant fiery flowers seem. The ocotillo grows where the temperature is managed.
Locate the planting site in a area with total sunlight. This plant is benefited by heat off a cement or building construction. Warmth is loved by Ocotillo crops and therefore are used to an average temperature of 90-degrees Fahrenheit.
Transplant the ocotillo from its own nursery container to the floor, preferably March. Add sand and gravel to your own soil to mimic the ocotilloâs normal soil problems. Mix in a 1-inch layer of compost in the soil to motivate root development that is original.
As the ocotillo was developing in its container, dig a hole using a shovel as deep. Keep the roots. Check the pot to find out whether the ocotilloâs developing orientation is marked. For transplanting ocotillos the best-practice would be to keep the southside of the plant.
Place large rocks on the root zone 2 to 4″ in the trunk of the shrub, of the plant. This anchors the plant therefore it will not pull from the floor throughout rainstorms and wind.
In the event the shrub appears wilted after transplanting sprinkle the root zone with water. New development seems and when the roots are proven, don’t water the plant. Where the normal rainfall is less than 10″ per year, this plant developed in a area. Flowers and leaves appear throughout the wet period. Expect the leaves to drop within an extended period.
In the event the climate turns really cool throughout the winter, wrap the ocotillo in a blanket. This shrub h-AS small tolerance of freezing temperatures. Form a tent together with the blanket and operate an electrical cord underneath the blanket having a light bulb.