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Turquoise Puya

Puya berteroniana

Puya berteroniana

 

Growing tips

Getting started -- You can start your plant in a 5 inch (13 cm) pot.  If you are in a hotter climate, use an oversized clay pot to keep the roots cooler.

Soil -- It prefers fast draining soil.  I use a mix of about 2 parts coco fiber to 3 parts perlite.  An alternate mix is 3 parts quality potting soil to 2 parts perlite or coarse horticultural sand.  In wet-winter areas, use extra perlite or sand.

 For the first 2-3 weeks after repotting, shade it from strong sun.  After that, increase the sun exposure gradually to avoid burning. Don't feed it for the first 2 weeks.

 Growing onward....

Water -- While it can tolerate drought, it grows best when the soil is kept evenly moist. 

Light -- It enjoys mostly sunny conditions.  In hotter conditions, it might need some afternoon shade if it shows signs of stress.  

Climate -- Mature plants reportedly can take take winter temperatures of 12-16F (-9 to -11C).  I recommend protecting your plants from frost for at least the first winter or two.  It will probably flower soonest if protected from prolonged, hard frosts.

 In hot conditions, it may help to shade the pot, perhaps by placing it inside a second pot made of clay.

Feeding -- It has moderate fertilizer needs.  Feed about every 2-3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients.

 General tips about the plant are here.

 Have fun growing it!

- Jeff

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