Seed Grown Ocotillo

Seed Grown Ocotillo

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PLANTING AND ESTABLISHING A SEED GROWN OCOTILLO
  • These seed grown Arizona ocotillos are easy to transplant and establish in your landscape
  • They may be grown in full sun or partial shade
  • Growth rate with regular water should be 10″-12″ a year
  • Flowering should take place in 3-4 years
  • Hole size – Same size as the container
  • Lay container on its size and gently remove the container while supporitng the plant and root ball
  • If soil falls away, it is okay to plant bare root
  • Place your ocotillo in the hole so it looks the same in the ground as it did in the container
  • Tamp lightly and make sure the plant is vertical
  • Give it a good saoking and continue to water generously at least once a week for 2-3 months
  • After that period, continue to water weekly for maximum growth and to have the plant retain its leaves
  • Beginning in April, fertilize twice a month with a 1/2 strength solution of any basic houseplant food, until the end of September
  • Form November to March, do not fertilize but water twice a month
  • Throughout the year, you may water less frequently, or skip some waterings. The plant should be fine although it may drop its leaves
  • You may eventually water less frequently or not at all, but you will have a faster growing plant with leaves on it more of the time if you water and fertilize
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  • Thank you for posting this! I scoured the internet for this information. Most all ocotillo resources are about the large bare root varieties.

  • You’re welcome. 🙂

  • These are the most beautiful plants I have ever seen! I have scoured for information where to buy, how to, etc. I found them in some Nurseries but are prohibited lay expensive, with low success rate I was told. So I opted for seeds, that was two weeks ago. I now have eight seedlings about an inch high. I also learned you can grow them in pots and can be placed against a wall. Wish me luck.

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