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Rescued, damaged Saguaro. Help me help it.

Posted by philodice Phoenix Arizona (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 10, 07 at 5:09

I just rescued a Saguaro on it's way to the landfill, thinned off somebody's construction site. It was brutally root-hacked, wrapped in plastic and dragged to it's new home. (not my fault) It suffered abrasions, thorn loss, and root loss. It is about 6ft tall. The cactus was in a group of other much larger cacti that shaded it almost constantly. After I realized the huge difference in sun exposure to the poor giant, I panicked and put a dress and hat on the cactus.
What should I do to the damaged areas? There is dirt embedded in my cactus where some of it's flesh rubbed off. If he makes it, I'll call him old scarface. He's not pretty anymore but he's too young to die. How long should he wear the dress?
Included in the link to my photo album are the injured Saguaro along with some other rescues I'm working on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Saguaro in a Dress.

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RE: Rescued, damaged Saguaro. Help me help it.

  • Posted by sazlife the dry end of 9 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 11, 07 at 17:59

I hope that it was planted in the same orientation that it was in. North side to the north, south to the south. You may want to contact the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.

Here is a link that might be useful: Community Gardens of Tucson

RE: Rescued, damaged Saguaro. Help me help it.

I believe it was oriented properly, can't be sure. And I've tried contacting the TCSS but they haven't approved my forum joining request.

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