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Care of the plant Puya chilensis or Chilean Puya.

Care of the plant Puya chilensis or Chilean Puya

The genus Puya, family Bromeliaceae, comprises 180 species of perennial plants native to the Andes, especially from Chile. Some species are: Puya chilensis, Puya berteroniana, Puya minima, Puya aequatorialis, Puya laxa, Puya goudotiana.

Common name: Chilean Puya. This species is native to Chile.

They are very slow-growing plants that form rosettes of long, thin leaves with thorny edges. The flower spike reaches 2 meters in height and takes more than 20 years to bloom; the flowers are greenish yellow.

They are used in gardens with a Mediterranean climate in rockery, on borders, in groups or as isolated specimens and as indoor plants when they are very young.

The Puya chilensis needs exposure to full sun or light shade. They resist not very intense frosts.

The soil must be well drained and not chalky.

Water moderately all year round, increasing irrigation in summer. They are drought resistant plants.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring.

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