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Turquoise Puya

 

Lonicera sp.

Mexican Honeysuckle

Germinating the seeds

 

Plant your seeds when you receive them for the best germination

   Getting started -- Use any small containers or cups that have drainage holes.  Use a well draining soil mix, such as 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite.  An alternate mix is equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

 Fill each container and water it.  Don't compress the soil.  Place a seed on top and sprinkle a thin layer of soil on top - about 1/8 inch or 2-3 mm.

 Until the seeds sprout, ensure that the soil surface stays moist.  An easy way maintain moisture is to enclose the pots in a plastic dome or bag.  Leave it open a crack to allow some fresh air in.  You may need to drip a few drops of water on the seeds every day keep them moist.

 Keep the pots at about 65-74 degrees F (18-23C).  A little cooler at night is ok, but avoid letting them get above 77F (25C).  I recommend keeping a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots, especially if using a heating mat.

 The seeds should begin sprouting in 4 to 6 weeks, but allow up to 3 months for any slow ones to sprout, especially at cooler temperatures. Give your seedlings bright light, but avoid direct sunlight for a few weeks.  I recommend growing them indoors for at least 2-3 months.

Growing onward...

 Since this plant is rare, i don't have much information on its climate tolerances.  It is a highland plant, so it is accustomed to temperatures that are mild year-round with nights that are cool.  Consider it experimental in areas that regularly get above the low 80s (28 degrees C), especially if nights are warm.  It probably can only handle a few degrees of frost.  I recommend protecting it from freezing temperatures.

 It prefers filtered sunlight; shade it from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.  If the humidity drops too low indoors, consider using an ultrasonic humidifier, which you can get at home improvement stores or thrift shops. 

 Give the vine something to climb through, like a bush, a trellis, or an arbor.  Instead of pruning any overly long shoots, consider turning them to grow in another direct.

Watering -- Aim to keep the soil evenly moist most of the time.  Avoid letting it dry out completely, and also avoid keeping it constantly soggy.

Feeding -- The plant has average fertilizer needs.  Feed about every 2 months with a slow-release (pelleted or organic) fertilizer that contains micronutrients.

 If you have any questions, feel free to email me. 

Have fun growing them!

- Jeff

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