Dyckia fosteriana - 10 seeds
Dyckia fosteriana are striking rare plants native to central South America, primarily Brazil. The genus Dyckia consist of 120 saxicolous (living on or around rocks) or terrestrial (growing in the ground) bromeliads species, although most are strictly terrestrial and all do well when grown as terrestrials plants.
Description: Dyckia fosteriana are spiny, stemless bromeliads resembling prickly succulents. It has shiny, stiffly arching, dull grey leaves up to 22cm (9 inches) long and 1-2cm (0.4-0.8 inch) wide, viciously armed with tiny hooked spines along the edges. In bright sunlight, the leaf color changes to rich metallic bronze. The leaves grow in a tight rosette. In the spring bell-shaped flowers in orange-yellow color and 2cm (0.8 inches) long appear on 22-30cm (9-12 inch) long, slender flower stalk. These flower stalks are rising from a side of a mature rosette – not from the center as on other bromeliads – meaning that the plant is not dying after flowering as most other bromeliads do.
Dyckia fosteriana generally form new rosettes rapidly, building up into relatively large cluster. It spread little more than 30cm (12 inches) or so.
Houseplant care: Whenever possible, stand the Dyckia fosteriana in a sunny position outdoors throughout the summer months. Do not expose them to outdoor brightness suddenly, however. Instead, give them a little more sunlight each day over a period of 7 to 10 days. Bring plants indoors again in about early autumn.
Dyckia fosteriana will withstand more neglect than almost any other commonly cultivated plant and still pup and bloom every year. Their only demand is a little water and a lot of sunshine.
Light: Grow Dyckia fosteriana in direct sunlight for strongest leaf color and for short, sturdy growth.
Temperature: Dyckia fosteriana flourish in hot, dry conditions in the wild, so they are able to withstand dry indoor heat. They have no definite resting period but grow steadily throughout periods of warmth. However, they can tolerate quite cool temperatures, even as low as 10°C (50°F).
Watering: Dyckia fosteriana is well able to withstand long periods of drought (as well as short periods of general neglect). They do best, however, if watered moderately, enough to make the entire potting mixture moist at each watering and allowing the top couple of centimeters of the mixture to dry out before watering again. In areas where the quantity of sunlight is considerably reduced in winter, Dyckia fosteriana should be kept quite cool during the months of low light. At such times water them sparingly (no more than once a month, giving just enough each time to keep the potting mixture from drying out.