ocotillo cactus in front of mountains

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ocotillo cactus in front of mountains

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Native to the American Southwest, ocotillo is a distinctive desert plant marked by graceful, thorny, wand-like branches that extend upward from the base of the plant. Gardeners love ocotillo for its beauty and resiliency, and hummingbirds are drawn by the red-hot blooms and sweet nectar. The good news is that ocotillo propagation is surprisingly easy, but the bad news is that rooting seems to be rather hit or miss. If you’re interested in giving it a try, read on to learn the basics of propagating ocotillo plants for your garden. When to Propagate Ocotillo When it comes to propagating, ocotillo plants tend to be somewhat unpredictable and success tends to be hit and miss. You can try to start a new plant any time of year, but in the desert climate, the best time is during the winter rainy season when

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