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Apologies if you have been following this on the palm forum but one of my puyas is flowerign rather spectacularly. 3rd time in 20 years! Bought as P. berteroana but clearly a hyrbid - possibly with chilensis. For scale I am 1.8m in my gardening boots.


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Wed May 31, 2017 12:27 pm
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Wow thanks for posting on GOTE Paul that is one massive spike love the colour too.
How did they take 2010 I am thinking just fine the few I had all rotted out?

I seem to remember you had some Puya's round the edge of your pond.....same plants?

That picture reminds me we need some Echiums again


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A fantastic sight! Thx for posting.


Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:34 am
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Yes, that one has been there for a long time, weathered the bad winters and a change in the landscaping around it. It has many heads and now spreads to over 3m across which is too big for the space, really, but I am not inclined to remove it because when it does this it is spectacular! Not an easy plant to garden around mind you - I currently have a deeply embedded thorn in my thumb from this that is very sore!

As far as puyas go, this one along with alpestris, spathacea and a sp with a collection number all came through the bad winters ok. I lost chilensis and a handful of other spp in 09/10 but have since re-planted a few more.

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That looks fantastic - not only the Puya itself, but the whole shot, with a group of spires that remind me of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

I tried growing several spp of Puya on my green roof, one of which (P. coerulea, I think) I obtained in 2007 from Kev when we all met at Paul's. Reviewing my garden diary, I can see that every one I ever purchased from a supplier was mis-labelled! The only one that ever flowered was P. mirabilis (not an especially impressive achievement), which was sold as P. alpestris.

They were all still too small to survive the succession of hard winters between 2008/09 and 2010/11. I can look at this and think what might have been... :?

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Paul.... that is a great pic you have of the height of that flower spike... worthy of a national newspaper. You were also correct my plant is Puya spathacea which is a zone 9 plant, so no chance of planting out here. My flower spike only attained a height of a metre or so.

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I had a beautiful pristine Puya spathacea :evil:
David have you tried Ochavia carnea on your roof?


Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:28 pm
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Kev Spence wrote:
I had a beautiful pristine Puya spathacea :evil:
David have you tried Ochavia carnea on your roof?


Past tense there Kev..... what caused its demise? Your welcome to mine if you want another one.It stands a better chance in your garden than mine :D

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2010 Andy, as always, it wiped all Puya out here.
Thanks for the offer can you come down Cornwall this weekend and give it me.....lol


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Kev ... I'd love to come down but kinda skint at the moment. I'll hold it for you until the next meet.

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Well, I wasn't going to say anything, but Puya spathacea is a lovely thing!

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Kev Spence wrote:
David have you tried Ochagavia carnea on your roof?


It's definitely one that's on the list. The only Bromeliad that has been persistent up there, before and after the trio of hard winters, has been Fascicularia bicolor subsp. canaliculata.

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David Matzdorf wrote:
Kev Spence wrote:
David have you tried Ochagavia carnea on your roof?


It's definitely one that's on the list. The only Bromeliad that has been persistent up there, before and after the trio of hard winters, has been Fascicularia bicolor subsp. canaliculata.


Apologies to Paul this thread is going off on tangents David mine flowered again planted outside, granted under an umbrella, in Februrary.

Cool plant John I bet you are selling it at Tregrehan now


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Not posted from my phone before - seems odd... Andy Puya spathacea is one of the hardiest, I'd put it nearly as hardy as Fascicularia b.c. David - I promised you a bit of Ochagavia carnea and split a large plant but unfortunately only managed to kill it all off! I'll try again...

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Paul Spracklin wrote:
Not posted from my phone before - seems odd... Andy Puya spathacea is one of the hardiest, I'd put it nearly as hardy as Fascicularia b.c. David - I promised you a bit of Ochagavia carnea and split a large plant but unfortunately only managed to kill it all off! I'll try again...


I have lots potted and looking mighty fine here if anyone needs one. Ochagavia carnea that is...

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