Santa Fe cholla bloom (courtesy of Cactus Rescue Project).
“Developers most likely did not realize that the Santa Fe cholla was not one of the abundant tree chollas in Santa Fe, and made no attempt to save it,” he continued.
“Cactus grow well, do not require much care and now as we are entering a dryer climate cycle, they can add beauty through shape and texture without needing water. Many residents who do not hike in areas where cacti grow are unaware of the beauty they provide.”
“When planting, I use arroyo sand or pulverized lava mixed with native soil to keep the ground from becoming too hard. I water the plant in to secure it, and maybe water slightly two weeks later. That is all a cactus needs,” he continued.
When Santa Fe chollas bloom in June, keep your eyes peeled for a bronze or salmon surprise where cactus are planted. You might be seeing a little cholla that could have vanished without the efforts of determined residents who came to its rescue.
List of plants donated to Museum Hill by Cactus Rescue Project:
|Cylindropuntia whipplei ‘Snow Leopard’
||Snow Leopard cholla
||Santa Fe cholla
|Opuntia ‘Dark Knight’
||Dark Knight Opuntia
|Opuntia polyacantha var. rhodantha ‘Snowball’
||Snowball Prickly Pear
|Opuntia basilaris var. aurea
||Yellow beavertail cactus
||New Mexico Rainbow Hedgehog
Cactus Rescue Project website https://sites.google.com/site/cactusrescueproject/the-beginnings