on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 00:36:01, Betty Blackstock wrote:|
I have a 4ft saguaro purchased 2 yrs ago and planted right away. It had a fairly good root system and the planting hole was well prepared - sandy well draining soil, slightly mounded, some sulfur in planting hole as we were instructed. It was planted about 6" deeper than the root ball, also as we were instructed. Watered about once every other month in winter and every 2 weeks or so in summer. Problem is, it is not taking up water. The ribs are almost collapsed even after deep soakings. No sign of damage or disease. There has never been any new growth at the top. Any ideas?
Your Saguaro is probably okay and will need some time to adapt in the new area. I would not panic or worry too much at this point. I have transplanted Saguaros that did not show growth for over 2 to 3 years and I have heard of them taking even longer. If your plant's roots were good, I think it is just having some root adjustment problems. Saguaros that are not infested by grubs or show no signs of disease or insect infestation may just need a little more time, so don't give up yet. If you are still concerned about this and need a better explanation you might want to see one of our local growers and see if they can help you further with your concerns. Check out the link below and call or go see someone listed.
Go to: http://www.tucsoncactus.org/html/nurseries_books.html
I wish I could help further but all I can say is keep watching it and don't give up. These plants are marvelous survivors!