January 31, 2013

Dyckia beateae and Dyckia Picante

Dyckia beateae  and Dyckia Picante

Dyckia beateae
Dyckia beateae a native to the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil
Dyckia beateae

Dyckia Picante
Nice big plant in a 12 inch pot.

BSI has this to say about Dyckia Picante.

"Dyckia Picante cv. of platyphylla x 'Lad Cutak' - (See 'Coronet') - Tropiflora said, "A dense rosette of wide and arching deep red-wine leaves make this medium (to 8") grower a standout - neat and trim w/large light colored spines"."

January 29, 2013

January 22, 2013

Dyckia Heaven and Hell

Ever time I look at this Dyckia I think it is my best Dyckia.

Dyckia Heaven and Hell
 I really like this dyckia with it's contrasting colors on its leaves and thorns. 
The dark leaves with the white thorns stand out nicely.
I don't think anyone can do better then this as far as the color that are so contrasting.
It may not show up in my photos, but it's the best of the best.
On the fcbs.org web-site it said that:

Hybridizer: Baker, B., Nguyen, C.*
(Don't know that the asterisk (*) stands for. Anyone knows?)

Seed parent: 'Arizona' x 'Brittle Star'
Pollen parent: 'Brittle Star'

I got this at the Orlandiana '12   20th World Bromeliad Conference in September.


January 20, 2013

Whats in flower in January

Just a few things I see in flower today.

Euphorbia tortilis

Euphorbia tortilis

Sansevieria parva
Sansevieria parva


Jatropha podagrica

Crinum Lily
Bombax elypticum


Crown of Thorns



Aechmea 'Bert'

Aechmea 'Bert'

Brugmansia / Angel's Trumpet



January 19, 2013

It looks like

Two Dyckia's that look the same or should I say almost the same?

 Dyckia Silver Spurs
Dyckia Silver Spurs

Dyckia Silver Spurs

Dyckia pulquinensis

Dyckia pulquinensis

Dyckia pulquinensis
The new leafs on Dyckia pulquinensis have few spines.

January 15, 2013

January 13, 2013

Dyckia pulquinensis

Starting to form a flower spike I would think it should flower in the coming weeks / month.


January 10, 2013


Only have 2 Haworthia's.

Haworthia longiana

Haworthia limifolia Variegated
 Have no idea why I have them. Two of the slowest growing plants I have.
I think I've had them maybe 4 years now and still no offset on Haworthia limifolia Variegated.

January 9, 2013

unknown Euphorbia

Some times things start growing from who knows where.

This unknown Euphorbia just came up in this pot of Orthophytum
(lost the tag on this Orthophytum ).

January 5, 2013

Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii

Four different clones of Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii , or should I say thats what the tags implies.

Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii  (the standard form)


Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii wide leaf clone (wide leaf form? so far it looks the same as the standard form)


Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii green form (so far it doesn't look to green to me)

Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii silver form (they all look silver to me)

One more Cryptanthus that should be grown as a Dyckia.

I picked these up last year as small offsets that were not fully rooted.

It seemed to me they were slow to grow in the heat of summer but when the temperature cooled down they did better and are now well rooted.
I don't know to much about them, as far as how big they will get or if they make lots of offset or just a few.

A photo of plant in it's habitat.


The Cryptanthus leopoldo-horstii that I have are in the same pots and soil mix they came in. But when the time comes to repot them I'll use the same mix that all my dyckia's go in. One part peat and 3 parts perlite.  I also use it for  Cryptanthus warasii.


January 4, 2013

Cryptanthus warasii

Cryptanthus warasii has got to be the best looking Cryptanthus. 

I just love the shape and color of it.

 Not grown as a Cryptanthus but more like Dyckia.
Can I find seeds in that old flower cup? Will have to take a look.  

January 2, 2013

Dyckia reitzii v. rubra

Not a plant you see to much of.
I guess it's kind of new in cultivation.
It is one of those dyckia that doesn't make offsets but Divides (makes two heads).

A  plant call rubra you would think it stayed red all the time but not so.

It colors up in the winter, I guess.

You can find hybrids of this that has been crossed with some other dyckia's.  

Looks like this is going to flower some time soon.