DIG - Cacti and Succulents
This talk will explore the diversity of cacti and succulents in nature, their biology and how they survive and interact with the desert environment. Emphasis will be placed on cacti and succulents native to our area, and those best suited for cultivation and landscaping in the low desert. We will consider the needs of these plants for successful cultivation in the ground or in containers.
- Understanding what is a cactus
- The common forms of cacti
- How cacti and succulents differ from non-succulent plants and how this is reflected in their horticulture
- Other succulents important to horticulture in our area
- Cultivation tips and how to deal with common pests and problems
Presented by Michael Chamberland, Assistant Agent in Urban Horticulture with the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension.
Previously Michael worked for the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Desert Botanical Garden, and for herbaria at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Michael has also worked for herbaria in Michigan and at the United States National Arboretum in D.C. Michael specialized in cacti during his studies, and his graduate school research at Arizona State University focused on barrel cacti.