On March 4, “We are Canadian snowbirds having trouble with our cacti in our desert landscape. Replaced grass 3 years ago. Prickly pear has dropped 4 pads in 3 days and other cacti not looking good. Any ideas what the problem might be?”
“Plants get watered at the base with a bubbler for each. Do you think we are underwatering or overwatering? No, we don’t have a gardener, just someone who keeps an eye on the house when we’re back in Canada. Watering done then by timer being set before we go. Right now my husband has had the system on these plants for about 3 minutes at a time, about 3 times a week. with a bubbler for each. I am thinking we are overwatering for this time of year but not sure. The plants looked better in early January when we came back down after getting water on a timer for 8 months. Husband has turned off this zone where the cacti are for the time being til we get some definitive answers. Here’s the whole yard. And one of a pad I potted up for fun….did I do this right? Grapefruit tree has just been pruned…..very prolific…..we give most of the fruit to food banks!”
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