Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Making a Living Fence out of Ocotillo
Watering the canes may be the main key to the success or failure of this type of project. They should be sprayed down about every three days or so for a few months and then weekly through the summer. The established ocotillos have greened up considerably with the extra watering. They will often drop leaves in times of drought and grow new leaves with each significant rainfall rather than fall and spring like many familiar plants and trees.
The new canes have sprouted flowers, but that does not mean they have successfully established a new root system. It may take up to a full year for roots to begin to grow on the canes planted in January. An interesting thing about the flowers is that they are edible. The nectar is quite sweet.
Posted By Park Ranger Dan Gronseth