Plant Care Saguaro
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Saguaro

4.6 out of 5 (30 experiences)

Saguaro has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Saguaro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Giant Cactus

Taxonomy

Carnegiea gigantea
Carnegiea
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Saguaro

Water

How often to water your Saguaro

Water needs for Saguaro
0.5 cups
every 12

Saguaro 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 Saguaro

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Saguaro in your home

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

Saguaro love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Saguaro does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Saguaro

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Saguaro: 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 Saguaro after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Saguaro

Saguaro

Saguaro


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

Saguaro has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 23
Saguaro has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Saguaro has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Saguaro has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Deborah avatar
@Deborah
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 215 XP
10/11/2021

This is a sturdy healthy looking cactus. The care is easy. I did use soil specifically for succulents.

Cementthumb avatar
@Cementthumb
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 285 XP
globe San Francisco, California
09/01/2021

The spines are very sharp.

Survivor Survivor
Ian avatar
@Ian
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 194 XP
globe Bozeman, Montana
08/13/2021

Must have consistent water habits

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Mhodgdon avatar
@Mhodgdon
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 72 XP
08/06/2021

easy to care for, needs little water, quite hardy

Survivor Survivor
Chloe avatar
@Chloe
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Luton, England
07/16/2021

Sometimes goes wonky. Not sure why. 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

Survivor Survivor
Mccall avatar
@Mccall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
07/15/2021

I love this little guy. Low maintenance. Just wants some sun and sandy soil. And a couple friends in a succulent planter never hurt.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lucyisfit avatar
@Lucyisfit
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 180 XP
globe Norwich, England
06/22/2021

lives for ages

Survivor Survivor
Dagoodnoodle avatar
@Dagoodnoodle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 193 XP
globe Maywood, New Jersey
06/04/2021

I’ve had this little guys for almost 4 years as my
very first plant! He took a while to get to the size he is now but he’s a trooper. He’s the best 🥺💕🌵

Survivor Survivor
Bebe avatar
@Bebe
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 420 XP
globe Saint-Denis, Île-de-France
05/24/2021

Her little red flowers are the cutest and the strongest !

Survivor Survivor
Kelsey avatar
@Kelsey
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 182 XP
globe Alpharetta, Georgia
05/24/2021

Whenever you think you should water it, wait a week and then go to water it but before you do, wait another week and then water it

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Yellowfellow avatar
@Yellowfellow
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 237 XP
05/17/2021

This dude is so easy to care for,
I water him once a week and his thriving also I keep him next to the window because he really likes to sun bathe ❤️

Lil.lemon avatar
@Lil.lemon
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
05/15/2021

Very easy to look after and look really pretty, just be careful when handling them as it’s easy to get barbed

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Clarikatie avatar
@Clarikatie
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 601 XP
globe Silver Spring, Maryland
03/03/2021

Super slow growing but hardy cactus. Unfortunately they grow so slowly that if your husband accidentally knocks it to the floor and decapitates it, it will take time to recover but it won’t kick the bucket quickly so that’s good! Easy to deal with and interesting looking and a great conversation piece!

Survivor Survivor

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