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Fresh ocotillos

Acacia nursery has just received a shipment of fresh Tucson area dug ocotillos. Our nursery only carries ocotillos salvaged in the Tucson area, and seed grown ocotillos. The ocotillos imported from Texas almost never live, let alone thrive. Ocotillos should be green and leafy when you purchase them as that is the sign that they have fully recovered from being harvested and are re...

New management

A wonderful new manager has come aboard. Acacia nursery welcomes Mr. Pete Cutler. Pete brings with him 35 years of vast experience in the Green Industries.

Watering 101

Watering is Arizona can be a challenge. We all want to do our part to conserve water in this hot dry climate. Here we have listed some tips to keep your plants, trees and cactus healthy and hydrated. Where Should I Water? The soil surrounding the plant’s roots(root zone) is a storage tank from where the plant draws moisture.  Most of the roots spread 1-1/2 to 3 times as wide as the plant’s canopy and usually penetrate 2-3 feet deep, depending upon the size of the plant. Shallow or compacted soils can cause shorter and wider root zones so make sure you saturate the complete root zone each time you water. How Much Should I Water? Be sure to completely fill the root zone every time you water.  A good way to test how deeply you have watered is to stick a thin metal rod into the ground soon after you water.  The rod should easily slide into the ground. How Long Should I Water? The amount of time needed to sufficiently water your plants depends on three things: (1) type of watering method used (2) size of the root zone (3) type of soil.  Monitor how quickly the water soaks into the ground, using the rod method.  Repeat the watering steps appropriately with every watering. How Often Should I Water? The trick to watering is how often you water.  We at Acacia Nursery suggests watering established plants no more than three times per week in the summer and no more than every week in the winter.  There is an establishment period of 1-2 years for all newly planted trees and...

Why Plant Desert Trees in Tucson

Planting desert trees around your Tucson home can offer several benefits that not only enhance property values but save on utilities.  There are many native desert trees that thrive in our low water, high heat conditions. Studies have shown that property values can be increased by as much as 10% with the right choice of desert trees.  The curb appeal that the proper desert trees make a home more inviting for prospective buyers.  A neighborhood community that has mature trees offers a welcoming environment. The right choice of desert trees can have a significant  effect on energy and water use.  Trees that provide shade can reduce the radiant heat from harsh, direct sunlight, which reduces the need for air conditioning.  They also slow the evaporation of irrigation water in areas they shade. So see what trees would be best for your home, visit Acacia Nursery in NW Tucson and talk to our landscaping professionals.  They can guide you in choosing the right desert trees to plant.  Call 520-603-3355 or come by 8080 W. Tangerine...
Tucson Nursery Tips for June

Tucson Nursery Tips for June

With the scorching hot Tucson weather upon us, the first order of business for your plants is water. Your plants will need more water, but be careful not to over water them. Plants that look wilted in the morning are probably not getting enough water. Check your irrigation system and adjust your watering schedule if needed. Acacia Nursery in Tucson has a large selection of trees that can be planted now. Citrus trees as well as evergreen and deciduous trees can still be planted in June, but require extra attention. By planting trees now, they will benefit from the full summer growing season to develop a strong root system. Contact our nursery in NW Tucson for instructions on how to plant and care for your trees. Recently planted Cacti, such as prickly pear and ocotillo, should be watered more frequently than established native cactus, which only need watering once a month. With the largest assortment of native cacti in Tucson, Acacia Nursery can help you choose which ones are best for your landscaping plans. Summer color is popular at our Tucson Nursery at this time of year. There are several plants that take the heat well and bloom non stop. Check with our nursery for new colors and varieties of summer flowers. Gardens are always popular and still can be sown. Cumcumbers, watermelon and squash are some of the food gardens you can still plant in June. Conveniently located on Tangerine Road in NW Tucson, Acacia Nursery has the largest selection of Cacti, trees, shrubs and flowers in the...
Cactus Planting

Cactus Planting

Planting cactus is best done in the spring, summer or fall.  Acacia Nursery in Tucson carries a huge selection of native cacti in all sizes.  If you are transferring your cactus from a container to the ground, start with a hole that is about twice the size of the root ball and about the same depth.  For the most part, you never want to plant a cactus deeper than it’s original pot, unless a taller, column type cactus looks unsteady. The soil should be dry and should not be watered for a few days.  Smaller cactus are susceptible to the full summer sun.  For cactus under 3 gallons, consider adding some temporary shade such as a cloth, if they are planted where they get the full summer sun.  Watering smaller cactus twice a month should be sufficient if the soil drains well.  No watering will be necessary during the monsoon season. Visit Acacia Nursery in NW Tucson to see the huge selection of cactus we offer.  Or, talk with our trained nursery staff if you need help planting or caring for your...