|In the late 90's, I snapped this shot in the early morning on my way back from Phoenix. In the right hand corner, you can see the majestic beauty of the ocotillo near Picacho Peak.|
|This was taken near a friend's house. Look at the 90's old photo shots!!|
Planting ocotillo can be done the year around with care. Ideally ocotillo plants have been grown from stem cuttings or from seed. Transplanting large bare-root plants has marginal success. They should be planted to the original growing depth and, as with cacti, in their original directional orientation. The original south side of the plant, which has become more heat and sunlight-resistant, should again face the brighter, hotter southern direction. If their direction is not marked, success is again limited. Ocotillo plants prefer well drained sandy or gravely loam soils with light to moderate amounts of organic content. For caliche subsoil, break a hole through it so the plant has adequate drainage.
Sunny, open, unrestricted locations and those where surface water does not collect are ideal for ocotillo. To help prevent a newly transplanted ocotillo from falling over or blowing down in a storm, large stones may be placed over the root area instead of staking, which often scars the stems. Leave two to four inches space around the trunk. Some degree of growth set-back is to be expected. Properly transplanted, however, this native plant will reestablish itself fairly quickly. Transplanted ocotillo plants require irrigation to become established, but once established, they can survive on 8 inches of rainfall per year. A well-balanced fertilizer at half strength will help ocotillo to grow faster. This will usually stimulate plant growth and vigor. However, do not apply fertilizer to newly transplanted plants. When using any fertilizer, apply it evenly to the soil surface over the rooting area and water well into the soil. Do not risk overfertilizing; this plant is adapted to harsh conditions without added fertilizer. State plant protection laws are enforced; contact the state Department of Agriculture for specific regulations, restrictions, permits, penalties, etc. before digging and moving any cacti, agaves, ocotillos, yuccas, or other protected species. Purchased plants should be from a reputable source." End of article. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fouquieria_splendens
Remember that it is important to buy these plants from a reputable source. There has been a decline in these plants and I have seen it. This fence idea is a popular one all over. It looks great, but it is also expensive. Some people have no qualms about stealing one from the desert and using it for their own selfish purposes. If you ever witness this happening, call your local police department. This has been happening for years now to our Saguaro and Ocotillo populations. It's called theft. Poaching happens all over the world and the US is not immune to this problem....just talk to the rangers at Organ Pipe National Monument or the Sonoran Park officials. So what is an ocotillo? It is not a cactus but a member of the Ocotillo Family (Fouquieriaceae). There are 11 species of the Fouquieria genus, most of which occur in Mexico. The Ocotillo is the northernmost of these species. The Boojum Tree (F. columnaris) is a close relative occurring in Baja.