First of all, if you’re going to plant fence post cacti, source them locally and out of the way of flying environmental debris. These are quietly insular, introverted beauties and they like it clean.
Maureen Gilmer writes, “Perhaps you’ve been admiring online photos of the ethnobotanical garden of Oaxaca City making the rounds of modern magazines and Pinterest. These perfectly crisp linear plantings of fence post cactus have finally reached their zenith to become the darlings of the unnatural planting crowd. I visited that same Oaxacan garden just after it was planted many years ago and still have photos of the original plants on grounds of a former colonial convent. Ever since I’ve been fascinated by the rural cactus fences created by planting single stems of this species edge to edge in a solid linear mass. These are very easy to water with drip irrigation and can create fabulous screens as plants can reach 12 feet at maturity.”
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