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Turquoise Puya

 

Eucrosia mirabilis

Planting your bulb

 

  Use a fast-draining soil mix, such as 1 part potting soil to 1 part perlite

 The neck of the bulb should stay above the soil surface. 

 If your bulb has leaves, keep the soil evenly moist (but not fully saturated).  

 If your bulb is dormant and has no leaves, keep the soil lightly moist throughout (not fully saturated) until it sprouts, which should be 1 to 4 months, depending on when it went dormant.  Until it sprouts, try to keep it between about 65 and 80 degrees F (18-27C) during the day (a little cooler at night is ok). 

 It likes mostly-sunny conditions, or the equivalent amount of artificial light.

 Feed it about every 3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients, following the dosage on the package.

 Reduce watering when the leaves drop as it nears dormancy.  While it's dormant, keep the soil slightly moist, but not completely dry.  If you wish, you may separate any baby bulbs that have emerged.  Avoid separating or repotting it when it nears maturity or it can delay flowering.  It does not need a large pot to flower in - 5-6 inches (13-15 cm) wide is enough.

Pests to watch for -- Mealybugs may attack the bulbs (look for cottony growth where the leaves emerge from the ground).  To control mealybugs, try using an insecticidal soap soil drench.

 General info about this plant

 Have fun growing it!

- Jeff

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