Plant Care Ocotillo

Ocotillo

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Also known as

Coachwhip, Candlewood, Slimwood, Desert coral, Jacob's staff, Jacob cactus and Vine cactus

Taxonomy

Fouquieria splendens
Fouquieria
Fouquieriaceae
Ericales

How to care for Ocotillo

💦 Water

How often to water your Ocotillo

Water needs for Ocotillo
0.5 cups
every 12

Ocotillo needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ocotillo

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Ocotillo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ocotillo: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ocotillo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ocotillo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ocotillo in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ocotillo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ocotillo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ocotillo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Ocotillo thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Ocotillo Water Frequency →

Ocotillo Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ocotillo requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Ocotillo Light Requirements →

Ocotillo Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🌸 Flowers

Ocotillo produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ocotillo will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Ocotillo →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Ocotillo

Ocotillo

Ocotillo


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Phil avatar
@Phil
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 277 XP
globe Fountain Hills, AZ
09/17/2021

Very difficult to grow

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