Dyckia brevifolia (Green)
Dyckia Growing Conditions: Most of the plants we cultivate in the group Dyckia are from Brazil. They survive in warm regions with heavy rainfall for half the year and very dry conditions the rest of the time. This makes Dyckia care slightly challenging, as getting the right balance of moisture to keep the plant happy may be difficult. Dyckia growing conditions in their natural setting should be mimicked as much as possible. Try growing Dyckia plants outside in summer or year-round in warmer regions. In their native region, it is not uncommon to find some forms of Dyckia growing on top of rocks near the water. Water and the cycle of the monsoon season are important features to Dyckia health. They are used to rather poor soil when they do grow in-ground and should be planted in a good succulent mixture. Dyckia needs full sun and temperatures of up to 32 C to thrive. Beware of exposing the plants to freezing temperatures for more than a brief time as they are not cold hardy. Temperatures below 4 C seem to be the limit of Dyckia growing conditions. Dyckia are exposed to harsh sun and very dry conditions for most of the year. Then the rainy season appears and the plants are half-drowned. Contrary to common sense, they seem to love this treatment and plants are healthiest when the monsoon season is harsh and long.
Dyckia Bromeliad Care: While actively growing, the plants need regular water to produce happy plants. The soil should not be soggy but evenly moist at all times. Use a saucer under potted plants to keep the roots from sitting in water but allow for evaporation and consistent humidity. In winter, when growth is dormant, you may reduce the amount of water by half. Fertilize from spring to fall with a half-strength liquid plant food. In the wild, the plants form pups or offsets, which result in new plants. The same is true in container-grown plants and these can be divided away from the parent with ease. The plants set seeds readily when flowers are present and these germinate quickly. However, they also freely hybridize and the species resulting from the seed may not represent the parent. There are very few cautions or surprises with Dyckia bromeliad care. They are unfussy, hardy, little plants that thrive even in slightly neglectful conditions.