DH went out to burn weeds this morning and wasn’t careful. He says the saguaro got a tiny flame and went up in a poof of smoke. What was a healthy plant yesterday now has burned spines and has shrunken so that the ribs are sticking out. I don’t know if my saguaro will survive being burned. Right now I don’t think it will, but I will update this post when I find out.
This morning I took another photo. There is some green… is it enough for the plant to survive?
OK. Realistically, I’ll probably replace this cactus in the fall.
6 months later…
I haven’t replaced it yet. It’s still alive but there is horizontal cracking along the ribs where it has expanded. I think I won’t throw it away. In the spring I may replant it in a less noticeable spot and see if it continues to recover. Poor saguaro!