Although many kinds of plants can thrive in Tucson, one of the things that makes landscaping in the area unique is cacti. Many cacti are native to the area, and they are hardy enough to survive with minimal care. However, as with any kind of plant, cacti are vulnerable to infestations, infections, and damage. Here are answers to some of the questions most frequently asked about caring for cacti, so you can ensure yours thrive for years to come.
Do I need to water my cacti?
Although cacti are perfect for growing in desert soil, they do need moisture to survive. Ideally, cacti should be planted during the summer, and immediately after they are in place, the soil should be watered. After that, you should water every three to four weeks during hot weather. During the winter, cacti can usually survive with the typical amount of rainfall in the region. If the winter is unusually dry, water sparingly. Keep in mind that cacti can tolerate being underwatered more than they can being overwatered.
Do I need to worry if my saguaro grows crooked?
Saguaros look stunning in landscaping, but their large size means that they can also pose a risk to your safety and property if they aren’t healthy. If your saguaro is growing crooked or is cracked, have a certified arborist evaluate it to determine the appropriate next steps. Often, you need a permit to remove a saguaro, which also requires special equipment.
Why does my prickly pear cactus have strange marks on it?
Frequently, strange pock marks on the surface of prickly pear cacti are caused by insects called cactus plant bugs. Though these bugs impact the appearance of your cacti, they don’t usually cause any long-term damage. However, sometimes marks on the surface of your prickly pear can indicate fungus, mold, or another kind of infestation. The best course of action is to allow your landscaper to evaluate the damage to determine the cause.
Complete Landscaping is experienced in providing residential and commercial landscaping services to the Tucson community, and our team has expert knowledge in the native plants, including cacti. We also have certified arborists on staff. Find out more about our landscaping services in Tucson by calling (520) 323-8918.