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    Saguaro (Small beginnings)

    A friend purchased a Saguaro seed kit from her visit in Arizona.
    I was sort of skeptical that these were so cheap (I had perhaps 100 seeds).
    After researching, I found my catch: the growth rate of these guys is quite slow (as most cacti I assume)!

    Well, they are about 5 months old now and are approaching one inch
    I suppose they'll be a marker for the number of years of my friendship.
    Amusingly, 3 of the 10 or so seeds popped up, got drowned by Louisiana rain on accident a few times -- and there are three of us.



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    Many cacti are indeed slow growers though others, such as the prickly pears are not. Saguaros are extremely slow growers -- it can take up to 75 yrs before they start forming side arms. The extremely slow growth rate is part of why poaching is such a huge issue ... that and transplanted sags often don't survive.
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    Extremely slow growing. I also have seedlings of Saguaro, barrel, and organ pipe cactus. The slowest of the three seems to be organ pipe, but saguaros are not much faster.
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    75 years to form side arms ? That's nuts...and so amazing. Congrats on your seedlings, hope they grow OK for you.

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    These guys are fragile. I once rode along to Phoenix, AZ. While there we picked up a friend from the airport. While waiting I browsed the shop they had there and bought a decent sized- perhaps 3-4" tall saguaro giant. It didnt make it home unfortunately. Something fell In it in the car and basically broke the poor thing in half. I was so sad. I still would love another some day.

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