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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Apr 10, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Silver hybrid Dyckia seedling

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lovemyhouse
Apr 10, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Knew this one was yours as soon as I saw it. Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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LizDTM
Apr 10, 2017 6:41 PM CST
Gorgeous Baja!
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crawgarden
Apr 10, 2017 6:42 PM CST
Really interesting banner!
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Apr 10, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Thanks, guys.

lovemyhouse said:Knew this one was yours as soon as I saw it. Smiling I tip my hat to you.


Spiniest garden around!! Green Grin!

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.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
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.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Apr 10, 2017 8:15 PM CST
Yeah there's a good way to do that and a bad way to do that. Smiling 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.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
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.
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Fleur569
Apr 10, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Great banner! 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵 Your expertise is impressive only surpassed by your photography.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 10, 2017 8:23 PM CST
I agree It is a great banner, and I do appreciate you sharing your expertise.
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tcstoehr
Apr 10, 2017 8:39 PM CST
Nice... almost as good as an Agave. Almost. Hilarious!
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 10, 2017 9:09 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Try some dyckias, Tim! They're all fun.
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rocklady
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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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
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.

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