Mar 3, 2016 9:01 AM CST
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Name: Brea (pronounced Bre Anderson
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Hello 😊
I have a question and I hope I am in the right spot to ask it. I just purchased MORE little crack plants (succulents & sedum lol) and one little bunch of them was from Meijer.
They were in a prearranged planter and along with it came this funny little pokey plant that I thought was and air plants. When I got it home it had roots and was planted with the other plants? Needless to say I was a bit perplexed.
It's "arms" are very hard (not soft like any other succulent or sedum i have ever had) and what seems to be dried up?
There is a broken "arm" and a couple are "shriveled up" as well. It does look nice and green, with a white dusting on it ( I believe this is purposeful and is a part of the plants coloring) but I am unsure as to how I should care for it?
The roots are and balled up, so I don't know really what I should do, so I took some photographs and any help from you would be so wonderful and greatly appreciated!!!!
Also, a name for it other than "the crazy spiky creepy pokey thing" would be great!

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Mar 3, 2016 10:01 AM CST
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Could it be some sort of aloe?
Mar 3, 2016 10:42 AM CST
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Try looking at the Dyckia. Edited for spelling.
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Mar 3, 2016 10:50 AM CST
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I agree, look at Dyckia (I think that is the correct spelling), or Hechtia.

Stick it in a pot with a fast draining soil mix and provide it with bright light and water regularly but not too often. Watch out, the stickies and pokies are pretty nasty.
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Mar 3, 2016 11:10 AM CST
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I think its Dyckia also. I think they do look dead most of the year. Where's Baja when you need him?
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Mar 4, 2016 12:03 AM CST
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Agreeing with the other IDs. Smiling Treat the bromeliad about like you would a succulent, water maybe a little more often (especially once you see new growth). You cannot give the plant too much light (given a gradual adjustment of course). You can trim the dead leaves and tips when you repot. These plants look their best here in winter (and they tend to flower in winter-spring) but should look good year round, once they are in the right spot. The flowers tend to be hummingbird magnets.
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Mar 4, 2016 5:34 PM CST
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Name: Brea (pronounced Bre Anderson
West Michigan (Zone 5b)
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Region: Michigan Organic Gardener Sedums Sempervivums
Thank you all so very much. I am going to do as you all said and treat it as a Dyckia.
Thank you again!
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