Dyckia velascana - 10 seeds
Houseplant care: Whenever possible, stand the Dyckia 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 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 in direct sunlight for strongest leaf color and for short, sturdy growth.
Temperature: Dyckia 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 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 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.