Dykia, a terrestrial bromeliad makes a great statement in a pot all by itself or in a garden as a specimen. Most grow between 12″-24″ tall and wide. They grow in clusters, hardy to 15-20 degrees and only need occasional watering. I fell in love with Dykias not only because of their hardiness but because of their very striking shape and colors. The downside of this beauty is they are a challenge to handle as with many of the ‘Poky’ succulents and cacti. This front photo is to show how the “saw blade” like leaves look . Photo credit to be given to Succulent Bromeliad
Dykia that I planted in a pot as Solo many years ago is finally is free. I held off in dividing this plant long enough but now, it is really time to give it a go and let those babies find a new home. I turned the pot sideways and very carefully pulled the entire plant out. With the aid of my Soil Knife , I simply cut the bottom half of the soil which is mostly now covered with overgrown roots. I have to say that this soil knife is a life saver. Each time I step into my garden, I only carry two tools (Soil knife and my Felco pruner). I use the soil knife to cut, weed, or divide anything on the spot. I absolutely love this knife. I have given many of these to my garden friends who are as passionate as I am with gardening. Please note that I do not receive any payment for endorsing these tools. I only talk about tools that I love.
This is how I handle the plant to avoid getting hurt with the deadly sharp leaf edges. I fold the leaves together making sure that my hands are not running against the blade
Separate each plant from the clusters using the soil knife. To ensure success careful not to cut the rooted section of the plant. Photo on right does not ensure success in propagation.
Here we go. One big cluster produced 24 plants. It was not an easy task to divide this Dykia and a few of these may not propagate due to how it was cut. Believe it or not, this was almost purplish black. It sat is an area where it was getting less sun than it required so the true color is somewhat lost. That is only temporary once it gets exposed to more sun. Now, they are ready to be donated to our Master Gardener Spring Garden Market. It is our major yearly fund raising event. Please check the details on our website Be sure to stop by the “Succulent Education and Sales Table”, look for me and say that you learned about the event from my blog and that you are a member of Succulent Fanatics Group on Facebook . I will have a succulent cutting for you.
~ Till next time~