When creating landscape designs for desert properties, many homeowners are surprised at the wide variety of drought resistant plants available to them. In fact, it’s possible to create a diverse and colorful landscape with desert plants that are either native to Arizona or easily adapted to hot and dry conditions. One unique plant you might consider for your waterwise garden is the coral cactus. With a colorful ruffled crest and a vibrant green stem, this unique succulent will draw the eye while requiring minimal maintenance.
What is the coral cactus?
Coral cactus is a bit of a misnomer, as the coral cactus is actually a hybrid succulent plant. While it looks very much like a cactus, it doesn’t have quite the same care needs. It’s also a little more sensitive to heat than most local cactus varieties in Tucson.
Where should you plant coral cactus?
You may grow coral cactus as a potted plant or plant it in the ground. As a potted plant, coral cactus is unlikely to take root, as the plant propagates through grafting rather than seeding. Because this succulent thrives at temperatures from 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit, it does best in partial sun. Potted coral cactus plants should be moved indoors on winter evenings when below freezing temperatures are expected.
How do you care for coral cactus?
While coral cactus is generally low maintenance, it can be finicky about watering. Watering may be needed more frequently in the spring and summer. However, overwatering can lead to rot. Always check your soil before watering and only water when the soil is dry 1-3 inches down. If the plant’s crest appears wilted, it likely needs more water.
For landscape installation with desert-friendly plants that will liven up your space, contact Complete Landscaping in Tucson. You can reach us at (520) 323-8918 to schedule your residential or commercial landscape design consultation.