Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea Gigantea) Print

 

The saguaro is a large, tree-sized cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona, theMexican state of Sonora, a small part of Baja California in the San Felipe Desert and an extremely small area of California, U.S. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.


The common name saguaro came into the English language through the Spanish language, originating in the O'odham language.

 

Saguaros have a relatively long life span. They take up to 75 years to develop a side arm. The arms themselves are grown to increase the plant's reproductive capacity (moreapices equal more flowersand fruit). The growth rate of saguaros is strongly dependent on precipitation;

saguaros in drier westernArizona grow only half as fast as those in and around Tucson, Arizona. Some specimens may live for more than 150 years the largest known saguaro is theChampion Saguaro. It grows in Maricopa County, Arizona, and is 13.8 meters (45.3 ft) tall with a girth of 3.1 meters (10 ft). These cacti can grow anywhere from 15 to 50 feet.

They grow slowly from seed, and not at all from cuttings. Whenever it rains, saguaros soak up the rainwater. The cactus will visibly expand, holding in the rainwater. It conserves the water and slowly consumes it.

 

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Grow Saguaro Cactus from seeds:

 

 

Pick a small to medium sized pot
that has drainage holes in the bottom.
Fill the pot with soil that drains well,
or buy a soil mixture that is specifically
for cactus.


Poke several small holes 1/8 inch deep into the soil.
Space the holes at least 1 inch apart.
Put one seed in each hole and lightly
press a pinch of soil over each seed.
Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap
and poke or cut several small holes in
the wrap.


Place the pot in a warm, well-lit
location, but make sure that the pot
does not receive direct sunlight.
Keep the pot covered with clear
plastic wrap for 4 to 6 weeks. Moisten
the soil about every 10 days. Do not
over-water!


After removing the clear plastic
wrap, you will only need to water about
once per month. Do not over-water!
In about 1 to 2 years, you can transplant each saguaro to its own individual
pot. They should be about 1 inch tall.

 

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