|How to grow Puya raimondii - Queen of the Andes|
Commonly known as the 'Queen Of The Andes', Puya Raimondii is an stunning architectural flowering plant from the high altitude mountains of the Andes. Unlike many other bromeliad species and cultivars it does not produce basal shoots from which you can propagate from. You can only grow Puya Raimondii from seed.
Before you start make sure that all equipment used is sterilized beforehand as Puya Raimondii seedlings are prone to damping off.
|Puya Raimondii seeds|
Place the pots inside a heated propagator at a temperature range of between 19-23°C. Site the propagator in a bright position but one which does not receive direct sunlight as this can cause temperature spikes and the compost to dry out. Alternatively provide artificial light.
|Puya Raimondii seedlings|
As each seed germinates label the pot with the date. About 3 weeks after germination, remove the pot from the heated propagator but keep in a mild, protected environment out of direct sun. Allow the surface soil dry out between watering.
|Young Puya Raimondii plants|
When repotting, do so as gently as possible and disturb the root system as little as you can. Allow the plants to settle for a few days before watering. Going forward, reduce watering but do not allow the roots to dry out fully. Protect from hard frosts for the first couple of years by overwintering then in an unheated but frost-free, bright, protected environment. An unheated greenhouse would be ideal.
When ready to plant out into their final position, provide full sun in a moist, well-drained stony soil away from the competition of other plants. Water during periods of extended drought and apply a recommended dose of liquid soluble fertiliser very week or so during the growing season.
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