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Apr 10, 2017 6:01 PM CST
|Silver hybrid Dyckia seedling|
Apr 10, 2017 6:01 PM CST
|Knew this one was yours as soon as I saw it. |
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Apr 10, 2017 6:41 PM CST
2017 - my very first garden
Apr 10, 2017 6:42 PM CST
|Really interesting banner!|
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Apr 10, 2017 7:56 PM CST
|Thanks, guys. |
lovemyhouse said:Knew this one was yours as soon as I saw it.
Spiniest garden around!!
Full size photos of 3 seedling Dyckia hybrids from that batch... yes, the spines are for real. The silver plants will be much brighter in the sun.
Apr 10, 2017 8:00 PM CST
|Beautiful, Baja! I am falling in love with Dyckias. Right now I just have the Dyckia 'Arizona'. |
It's very overgrown with a lot of pups in the pot. How in the world do you separate them? I managed to pull off one pup to share with my daughter. The rest are still waiting for me to figure out a way not to bleed.
Apr 10, 2017 8:15 PM CST
|Yeah there's a good way to do that and a bad way to do that. Difference being the amount of blood involved.|
Take the plant out of its pot so you can get at the offsets from the side and the bottom, away from the spines. Remove all the top dressing and maybe use the point of a chopstick to carve out the soil right around the base of the offset, so it has more freedom of motion. Remove the offset by using a sideways wiggling motion. I like to go from one offset to the next and wiggle each one a little, then get back to the first and it will move more. You'll get a much better sense when you've done it a few times. The key is a sideways motion.
Ideally you want to retain as much root as the offsets may already have developed. That's something to pay attention to once you've released the main connection with the mother, maybe use a chopstick to work in and around the roots so there's a way they can slide out. If the offset has no roots, then pot it up anyway and it will sprout new ones. Just protect rootless offsets from direct sun and try to be patient.
To be clear, there are two ways these plants branch: at the base, axillary branches, which is what I'm talking about; or at the growth point, by division into 2 or 3. Both types of branching are evident in the second picture above. The second kind of branch is rather difficult to separate and start (different approach required) but it's sometimes all you've got to work with, given an older plant.
Apr 10, 2017 8:18 PM CST
|Thank you. I'll give it a try tomorrow. Mine seem to all be coming out at the base of the plant. It's a real mess at the moment. I'm hoping I can get them potted up individually.|
Apr 10, 2017 8:20 PM CST
|Great banner! 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵 Your expertise is impressive only surpassed by your photography.|
Apr 10, 2017 8:23 PM CST
|It is a great banner, and I do appreciate you sharing your expertise.|
Apr 10, 2017 8:39 PM CST
|Nice... almost as good as an Agave. Almost.|
Apr 10, 2017 9:09 PM CST
|Try some dyckias, Tim! They're all fun.|
Apr 11, 2017 7:53 AM CST
|Love the banner. Also thanks for the instructions on dividing the plants. I don't have any as yet, but might consider them in the future.|
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Apr 11, 2017 9:42 AM CST
|The single best reason to keep these plants is the flowers, which are amazing hummingbird magnets.... kind of a plus relative to agaves because they appear at least once a year.|