Growing and caring for Blue Puya plant

 



The Blue Puya plant is a bromeliad plant and they are closely related to pineapple. The Blue Puya plant is a rare specimen that is native to Chile in the Andes Mountains. The plant is a part of numerous cactus and succulent plant collections but they are not found wild in North America. The Blue Puya plant seeds are available to order or you can get a hold of a division if you are actually lucky. Blue Puya plant can be propagated by seed or division. Continue reading to learn more about growing this plant.

The Blue Puya plant is an arid climate terrestrial bromeliad. The Blue Puya plant is actually sold under the name Aqua Sapphire Tower which is an appropriate description for the infrequent colossal flower clusters the plant produces when they are mature. These plants are found in the upper elevations of arid Chile. The Blue Puya plant is a hardy plant that grows about three to four feet in height from a basal rosette form of silvery gray leaves with toothed edges. The plant flower stalks can be up to six or seven feet in height and they are decorated with magnificent turquoise flowers with deeply orange anthers. The effect of the plant is quite impressive and unique in the plant world but it can take about 6 to 8 years for the flowers to appear. Over time the Blue Puya plant will form offsets or pups, actually these are easily divided up as an easy way of propagating the plants.

 

How to grow Blue Puya plant

The plant seed can be purchase, and you can start the plant yourself in a greenhouse. Actually the Blue Puya plants are slow to germinate and they require temperatures of at least 70 degrees F. (21 C.). Make sure you use a well-drained potting soil in a seed flat. Make sure you keep the seeds moderately moist until they sprout. Immediately you see the seedlings you can move the flat to a brightly lit area with protection from the harsh light of midday. You can transplant the seedlings when they have formed a rosette. The Blue Puya plants can tolerate a crowded pot.

Blue Puya plant Care

 Make sure you water the Blue Puya plants in the ground once per week in summer. Also the potted plants need to be watered when the top couple of inches of the soil have dried out. You can water the Blue Puya plants only once per month in winter when the plant is dormant. Make sure you fertilize with a diluted succulent food or indoor plant food in spring. You can remove spent foliage from the rosettes for best appearance. Also the pups can be cut away with a very sharp sterile knife and potted up for a new supply of the plants. Actually the plants care is very easy as long as you have a well-drained soil and a fairly sunny location and also a warm temperature. The Blue Puya plants are even drought tolerant for a short period once they are established.


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