Ocotillo Plants

Ocotillo Not Blooming

Anonymous added on January 16, 2017 | Answered

I have yet to get one orange bloom on my ocotillo. I planted it bare root 10 years ago on south slope of natural Tucson desert amongst many mature Saguaro. It performs like all ocotillo, green leaves at appropriate times just never a bloom? What can I do to get it to bloom? P.S. There are no native ocotillo on the slope just saguaro O'Mara in Tucson

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Answered on January 16, 2017

Bare roots can take longer to form roots though they should have become established within 2 years.

Watering is very important for the Ocotillo. In warm months it will need to be watered every 2 to 3 weeks.
In cold weather water every 3 months. Water should be well draining.
I would try increasing watering to see if this can encourage flowering.


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