Determining Age Of Saguaro Cactus

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Welcome to this post that will be talking about how you can tell the age of a saguaro cactus plant. This is one of the most commonly grown cactus varieties and a great alternative.

Usually, we will be measuring the plant in inches. Then we just divide this number by 10 and we have a pretty good idea of the age of the plant. But we can also just look at whether the plant has developed any arms yet. Then it will definitely be above the age of 70.

Follow along and we will be talking more in-depth about calculating the age of the plant and also what makes it thrive in some specific environments.

Cactus Plant Growing In A Pot

Determining the Age Of Saguaro Cactus

Just like we mentioned at the beginning of the article here, the cactus plant can have its age determined by a few different methods.

The first one that we like to use at home the most is calculating the height of the plant and taking that number in inches. We then divide this number by 10 and have now a pretty accurate guess about how long the saguaro cactus plant is.

But we can also look at whether the plant has started to grow any arms yet. This is only done by older plants and this happens after the plant turns 70 years old.

But what makes it possible to have a cactus plant grow this long and also thrive during this time? It all really comes down to the sunlight the plant is getting but also the amount of water that it can get during the season.

We strive for the plant to get between 6 – 8 hours every day if we keep the plant outdoors. But if we instead have the cactus plant indoors then we need to bump these numbers up a bit. We instead aim for around 10 hours of light every day. This is a pretty good baseline to have for most herbs and plants actually. 

But watering the plant is also very important. We want the soil to be kept quite damp to make sure there is a constant supply of water for the plant to use but we also want to avoid hurting the roots by overwatering it.

The cactus plant is very efficient with water and if there is a supply of it then you will also have a plant growing a lot quicker than the ones in the wild.

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Cactus Plant Growing In A Pot

How Can You Tell How Old A Cactus Is

The best way to tell the age of the cactus plant is to measure its height of it. We need to measure it in inches as this will be the easiest thing to divide with 10 and get a very good idea of what the age is.

This is the method that we use most often when telling how old a cactus plant is. But you can also use a more wide guess by looking at whether the plant has arms or not. This will mean that it’s at least 70 years old.

Since the plant can live this long we need to treat it right as well so you can have your cactus plant going for the long haul. Getting a sufficient amount of sunlight every day is incredibly important but also watering the plant enough will help a lot.

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Flowering Cactus Plant

How Old Is My Saguaro

The age of your saguaro cactus plant will be best measured if you can get the height of the entire plant from base to top. We will then divide this number by 10 and have a very accurate tell of how long it has been going strong.

This is the most commonly used method and has proven to be both the best but also the most accurate. 

Cactus Plants Growing In Pots