Dyckia brevifolia is a stemless, succulent, terrestrial bromeliad, native chiefly to Brazil and Argentina.
Blooming Time: Summer; Flowers are sulfur-orange to ½ inch long.
Culture: Dyckia brevifolia does best in full sun to light shade, with night temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees and day temperatures of 68 degrees or higher. Pot in a lime-free compost consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sharp sand or perlite. Allow the potting mix to become moderately dry between thorough waterings. Fertilize every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ strength recommended on the label.
Propagation: Dyckia brevifolia is propagated from the new shoots that appear at the base of the plant.
Dyckia brevifolia was featured as Plant of the Week July 2-8, 1999.
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