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Turquoise Puya

 

Pink Puya

Puya dyckioides

 

Growing tips

Getting started -- You can start your plant in a 1-2 gallon pot (4-8 liters).  After 1 year, it may need repotting into a larger container. 

 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 coir fiber to 3 parts perlite (use fine- or medium-grade perlite, not coarse-grade).  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 slowly to avoid burning.

 Growing onward....

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

Light -- It enjoys sun, but it might need some afternoon shade in hotter climates if it shows signs of burning.  

Climate -- Protect young plants from frost the first couple of years.  Mature plants reportedly can take take winter temperatures of 12-16F (-9 to -11C).  In hot climates, it might be beneficial to shade the pot, to keep the roots cool.

Feeding -- It has average fertilizer needs.  Feed about every 2-3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients (I use this). 

General tips about the plant are here.

 Have fun growing it!

- Jeff

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