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Dyckia Naked Lady (Dyckia marnier-lapostollei) - 2.5 inch potted succulent plant

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1 potted Dyckia Naked Lady plant (Dyckia marnier-lapostollei) Description and Planting Instructions
Scientific Name: Dyckia marnier-lapostollei
Common Names: Dyckia Naked Lady, Silver Dyckia
Family: Bromeliaceae
Origin: Native to Brazil
Appearance: The Dyckia Naked Lady is a terrestrial bromeliad known for its striking rosette of stiff, silvery-gray leaves. The leaves are covered with a dense layer of trichomes (tiny hairs) that give them a frosted appearance. They have toothed edges and form a dense, spiny rosette that can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. In spring or early summer, it produces tall flower stalks with small, bright orange or yellow flowers.
Planting Instructions
1. Choosing the Right Location
Temperature: Dyckia Naked Lady prefers warm temperatures and can tolerate light frost. It thrives in USDA hardiness zones 9-11.
Sunlight: This plant requires full sun to partial shade. It does best with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Type: Use a well-draining soil mix, such as a cactus or succulent mix. If planting in the ground, ensure the soil is sandy or gritty to promote good drainage.
pH: The optimal soil pH is slightly acidic to neutral, between 6.0 and 7.0.
2. Preparing the Planting Site
Pot Selection: Choose a pot with drainage holes to prevent water from sitting in the soil, which can cause root rot.
Soil Preparation: Fill the pot with the well-draining soil mix, leaving enough room to place the plant.
Garden Bed:
Location: Select a sunny spot with well-draining soil.
Soil Preparation: Amend the soil with sand or grit to improve drainage if necessary.
3. Planting the Dyckia Naked Lady
Season: Planting is best done in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.
Removing from Container: Carefully remove the plant from its current container, being mindful of the spiny leaves. Using gloves can help protect your hands.
Placement: Place the plant in the new pot or garden bed at the same depth it was previously growing.
Backfilling: Fill in around the plant with soil mix, gently firming it down to support the plant.
4. Watering
Frequency: Water the Dyckia Naked Lady thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
Method: Water at the base of the plant to avoid getting water on the leaves, which can cause rot.
5. Light and Temperature
Indoors: Place the plant in a south or west-facing window where it can receive bright, direct sunlight.
Outdoors: If grown outdoors, ensure it is in a location with plenty of sunlight but some protection from the harsh midday sun to prevent scorching.
6. Fertilizing
Type: Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength.
Frequency: Fertilize once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilize during the winter when the plant is dormant.
7. Pest and Disease Management
Pests: Watch for common pests such as mealybugs, aphids, and scale. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Diseases: Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases. If necessary, apply fungicides labeled for use on ornamental plants.
8. Repotting
Frequency: Repot the Dyckia Naked Lady every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate growth.
Timing: Repot in the spring, just before the growing season begins.
9. Propagation
Offsets: The Dyckia Naked Lady produces offsets (pups) around the base of the main plant. These can be removed and potted separately to grow new plants.
Method: Allow the offsets to dry for a day or two after removal to callus over, then plant them in a well-draining soil mix.
Additional Tips
Winter Care: Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant is dormant. Protect it from frost if grown outdoors in cooler climates.
Handling: Be careful when handling the Dyckia Naked Lady due to its spiny leaves. Using gloves or tools can help prevent injury.
With proper care and attention to its specific needs, the Dyckia Naked Lady can be a striking and low-maintenance addition to your plant collection.

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