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Hechtia texensis

A stunning, small, clustering, terrestrial bromeliad native to dry, rocky slopes and canyons in southwestern Texas and northeastern Mexico that forms small rosettes of silvery green, spiky leaves that turn bright red in mature plants. Hardy to drought and cold, it is best grown on very well drained ground in the temperate garden in USDA Zones 8 and above.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The seeds need bright light and heat to germinate. Place them in a sterile mix: damp but not waterlogged in a snapped tight tupperware type container. You should start seeing them send out a small green root/leaf in about a week or two. You can start them and leave them in the mix, but I like to pluck them out and put them in a separate tight container where I can space them out about 1 cm. They need to stay in the higher humidity for a few months where you can gradually give them more light and water. Contrary to popular belief they are not Cacti... They like a moderate amount of water and feeding while growing in the summer. Once mature they can withstand quite alot of neglect, but need humidity until they're at least 3 -4 months old. Hechtia, and Deuterocohnia like it dryer than Dyckia. Add some large grit or sand, perlite in your mix. Moderate amount of water and feed while growing will speed them along. Keep water out of the crown of these xeric Broms. when possible, especially when it is cooler. H. texensis usually, but not always get red dots adjacent to each spine in the winter. They can be quite stunning...
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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