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Care of the shrub Puya x berteroniana or Puya.

Care of the shrub Puya x berteroniana or Puya

The genus Puya, family Bromeliaceae, includes 23 species of bromeliads native to the Andes and Central America. Some species are: Puya x berteroniana, Puya venusta, Puya chilensis, Puya alpestris, Puya boliviensis, Puya raimondii.

Common name: Puya. It is a natural hybrid between the species Puya venusta and Puya alpestris.

They are large bushy bromeliads with rosette leaves that reach 80 meters (2.62 feet) in height and 1 meter (3.28 feet) in width. The linear leaves are greenish-grey in color and have spiny margins. They produce a long inflorescence up to 2 meters (6.56 feet) tall with pretty bluish-green flowers. They take many years to bloom.

These slow-growing plants are used in rockeries, on dry sunny slopes, and in borders and borders. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

The Puya berteroniana needs full sun exposure and a warm, dry climate. Frost resistant to -5 ºC (23 ºF) if the substrate is dry.

It grows in any soil that has excellent drainage, except calcareous soils.

They are very drought resistant plants that need moderate watering waiting for the substrate to dry completely. Do not water in winter.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to the accumulation of water in the roots.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring; soak the seeds for 24 hours before sowing.

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Puya x berteroniana
Puya x berteroniana
Puya x berteroniana