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The Saguaro Cactus and Its Unique Magnificence

The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea or Cereus gigantea), a gigantic cactus that can reach over 55 feet high with some known to have survived for about 200 years and that can grow more than 50 arms, is all about age, volume and weight so far as a living plant is concerned. Imagine, a saguaro cactus with only 12 arms can already weigh 15,000 pounds (that is almost 7 tons)! The magnificent saguaro cactus is found only in the Sonoran Desert, an area of 120,000 square miles in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California and most of Baja California and the western half of the state of Sonora, Mexico. No wonder that the fragrant blossom of this majestic desert beauty has become the State Flower of Arizona.

With such weight and dimensions associated with the saguaro cactus, to relocate cactus or remove cactus, you cannot just take a spade and a crowbar to your garden and do it yourself. You need a contractor that is specialized in doing such jobs, with experienced employees and using heavy equipment like a big crane and a big open-deck truck. Furthermore, a saguaro cactus really takes a very long time to grow. The arms of the cactus will start to come out when the plant has grown for over 70 years, and so in all probabilities you will not be dealing with a baby plant. The saguaro cactus has an imposing beauty and thus, you would not have planted a baby cactus in the first place, which has nothing to show. Instead, you will be facing just a half-mature saguaro, which is already weighing something like 18,000 pounds (over 8 tons). No, you cannot relocate cactus or remove cactus of over 8 tons by yourself. The contractor will also offer a guarantee of one year.

With such unique qualities like a very long life, great posture and a big weight as well as majestic beauty, the saguaro cactus has rightly been declared as protected in the State of Arizona.

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