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Care of the plant Dyckia fosteriana or Hardy Pineapple.

Care of the succulent plant Dyckia fosteriana or Hardy Pineapple

The genus Dyckia, family Bromeliaceae, comprises 100 species of bromeliads native to Brazil and Argentina. Some species are: Dyckia fosteriana, Dyckia brevifolia, Dyckia maracasensis, Dyckia platyphylla, Dyckia agudensis, Dyckia densiflora.

Common name: Hardy Pineapple. This species is native to Brazil.

They are stemless bromeliads that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. They have spiny rosette leaves 22 cm (8.66") long and gray in color that turn bright bronze if they receive a lot of sun. They produce long flower stalks with yellow or orange bell-shaped flowers. They bloom in spring and, unlike other bromeliads, do not die after flowering.

They are used on curbs, on rockeries, in cactus and succulent gardens or in pots and planters.

Dyckia fosteriana prefers full sun exposure; in semi-shade it may not bloom. They resist light and occasional frosts.

The soil can be a mixture, in equal parts, of coarse sand, leaf mulch, and garden substrate. The transplant is done when the roots begin to appear below the pot.

They resist drought quite well; water regularly in spring and summer waiting for the substrate to dry. In winter, water only once a month.

Fertilize once a month with liquid mineral fertilizer during spring and summer.

They do not need pruning.

They are hardy plants that only fear overwatering especially in winter.

They propagate from the suckers that the plant itself produces at the base; root in pot with a sandy substrate.

Images of the succulent plant Dyckia fosteriana or Hardy Pineapple

Dyckia fosteriana
Dyckia fosteriana
Dyckia fosteriana