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Q.Can One Legally Cut Off Arms From A Sahuaro That Is In Danger Of Falling On People Due To Its Height, Weight, And Numerous Arms?

Zone North Scottsdale, AZ 85255 | Anonymous added on June 29, 2022 | Answered

The cactus is located next to the pool cool-deck and is about 30 ft. high. It has many long arms and one is leaning (growing into) another arm. I am afraid some part of it will fall unexpectedly and hurt someone. I would like to cut it back somewhat. Would a nursery want the cut off parts?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on July 8, 2022

If it's on your property you can prune it, however, that can leave it open to insects and disease. Since it is a safety issue, that is the best solution. I would suggest hiring a professional to prune it. The size and age of the cactus may require special considerations.

Saguaro cactus won't root from cuttings so I doubt the nursery will want it.

This article may help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/saguaro/saguaro-cactus-care.htm

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