Easy Puya

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:44:40 PST

	A few years ago a friend (Thanks Paige) sent me seeds of Puya mirabilis. I had never grown any in  the genus and knew nothing. With a name like ‘mirabilis’ you HAVE to try it though. 

	I sprnkled seed on regular potting mix and kept under lights. They grew fast, but never ourgrew a gallon pot. It is a terrestrial species so easy in a loose potting mix. Bloom within 3 (or 4) years -beautiful pale green flower heads. Made a ton of pups and seeds. Gave away most and kept one. Winter inside, but does have some frost hardiness. Summer outside in bright light.

	I found it very easy and satisfying. Of course the folliage is evil, but doesn’t need handlling much. It is a easy entry level Puya.

		Jim W in Kansas City far from the Andes, but experiencing ultra mld season with days reaching toward 50. Weirdly warm.

Dr. James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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