Puya flowering

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Puya flowering

Post Number:#1  Postby Paul S » Wed May 31, 2017 11:18 pm

Not that common a sight in the UK, my puya is flowering this year for the 3rd time in 20 years. I bought it as P. berteroana, clearly it isn't - I suspect a hybrid with chilensis. Whatever its lineage it is a cracker! For scale I am around 6ft in those boots...
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#2  Postby Azuleja » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:56 am

Wow, congrats! When you say third time in twenty, has it bloomed the last three years or intermittently?
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#3  Postby Paul S » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:15 am

Intermittently. Seems to take a while to gather a head of steam in between times. Worth the wait, though.
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#4  Postby Melt in the Sun » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:29 am

Awesome! I am still waiting on my first P. alpestris bloom...6.5 years in the ground now from a 3-gallon plant.
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#5  Postby Azuleja » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:37 am

I have Puya venusta in a 3 INCH pot :cry:
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#6  Postby Viegener » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 am

I've had a clump of P. alpestris (might be P. bertronia though) for 10 years without a flower. It's growing in a very hot poor spot, and I keep thinking it would bloom if I put it on drip!

Might be 15 years old even...
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#7  Postby Luc » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:45 pm

Interesting. Puya is good genus for temperate climate but they really need a lot of space (too much).
This is an Echium pininana in the background ? Don't they need mild temperatures to thrive ?
What was the lower temperature they ( The Puya and the Echium) have had to undergo ?
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#8  Postby Azuleja » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:54 pm

Puya and dyckia can be crossed, which is exciting to me for the potential of smaller size plants with more interesting foliage and flower potential.
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#9  Postby Paul S » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:06 am

Azuleja wrote:Puya and dyckia can be crossed, which is exciting to me for the potential of smaller size plants with more interesting foliage and flower potential.


I wonder how on earth one would spell or pronounce the resultant cross, depending on who was mum? x Puckia? x Puyckia? x Dyckya? x Dya?

Luc - yes, echium hybrids. The lowest temp I have had since gardening here was -8C with a lot of wet snow (we get 'the wrong kind of snow' in the UK) and a week below freezing day and night. The puya survived that. I have been growing echiums here for 20 years and it seems there is a kind of 'speed evolution' taking place. Plants that survive below -6C seem to pass that on and gradually the plants are becoming more frost resistant. I lost them all at -8C but the seed is viable below that and up they came again. Also some years ago I had E. pininana and wildpretii both in flower at the same time - both are constantly covered in bees who seem to have made a race of hybrids. Then I flowered a white cultivar and now white is in the mix. I never quite know how they are going to look or what colour the flowers will be. This year I had E. gentianoides flower for the first time so I wonder if that intense blue might also enter the gene pool?
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#10  Postby Azuleja » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:01 am

Yes, unfortunately they use puyckia and dyckipu, neither of which I can bring myself to say.
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Re: Puya flowering

Post Number:#11  Postby Spination » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:27 am

:lol:
Thanks Azul. A good laugh first thing in the morning is a great start to a day.
And yes, I'd be careful too saying any of those names out loud. Could easily raise an eyebrow or two...or provoke an even stronger adverse reaction. :eek:
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