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Dunbar/Spring (and adjoining neighborhoods) Neighborhood baby saguaro sale & planting

September 21, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Baby saguaros grown from seed (NOT removed from the wild), ranging from 4 to 6 inches in height are available for $25 each (and we can help you place and plant them where they will thrive).

They have been growing out in the open (in their nursery pots), and can be planted in the ground out in the open, though they’d prefer a little shade from the hot afternoon sun. Now is the ideal time to plant, as the sun is getting lower in the sky again as we’ve reached the fall equinox (Sept 21), they will be well acclimatized when the sun gets higher again after the spring equinox (March 21).


Here are some saguaro babies planted earlier and cared for by various neighbors


Zach, Jane, and Family with their newly planted baby saguaro, 2023.
Glenn and the baby he helps steward. Photo: Brad Lancaster, 2-2022

They’ll need to be watered once a week the first month, and then some after that to get them established. It is also best to water them once a week their first hot summer in the ground. After that they should be good to go on their own.

These young cacti may be small, but they grow faster than you think.
They can grow up to 6 inches per year if they get a little more moisture (I’ve witnessed this when they are planted next to, but not within, a rainwater-harvesting basin.

Baby saguaros we planted years ago in the neighborhood are now taller than us.

Planting saguaros as living totems.
When Mark Lancaster wast born (45 years before this photo was taken) the saguaro he is hugging was the size of the adolescent saguaro in his right hand.
We plant similar-sized adolescents with Mark, family, friends’, and neighbors’ big life events and births. They all then grow up together.
Reproduced with permission from “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 2, 2nd Edition” by Brad Lancaster

Let’s bring the saguaro forest back into our neighborhoods by planting now!
The saguaros have beautiful flowers that support many native pollinators, then delicious fruit for us, wildlife, and livestock. Plus, they make great nesting sites for many birds, including elf owls, that take up residence in nesting holes wood peckers create in the saguaro.

Let’s make hooting owls a regular occurrence at night in our neighborhood!

Saguaro fruit
Photo: Brad Lancaster


Contact Brad at NeighborhoodForesters@gmail.com with your name, phone, email, address, and neighborhood if you are interested.
Only a limited supply available.
And you must commit to caring for the saguaro for years to come – its super easy, and they’ll do so much better with you looking out for them.
Brad will deliver the saguaro, help you find a good planting spot, and help you plant.

Get your orders in by Saturday, October 1.

Also, let Brad know if you’d like to tag along and/or help plant by emailing him at NeighborhoodForesters@gmail.com.

Priority will be given to those planting & caring for the baby saguaros in the public right-of-way (that way everyone can enjoy them); then front yards where the saguaros can be seen by passers by.

Priority will also be give to locations in the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood (we are trying to encourage each neighborhood to organize its own sale and planting).

But if we have enough, second priority will be for the following neighboring neighborhoods of:
Barrio Anita, Barrio Blue Moon, and West University

Thanks to B & B cactus farm for growing these cactus!
Keep them in mind when you want to gift someone a baby saguaro to act and grow as living totem marking a big life event such as a birth, wedding, graduation, job, etc.

Check out our yard tree sale & planting too


For great info on planting the rain, greywater, stormwater, and more to water your plants for free
See HarvestingRainwater.com and the full-color editions of the books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond


September 21, 2023
December 31, 2023


Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters