Sep 13, 2009

Dyckia marnier-lapostollei

Dyckia marnier-lapostollei seedlings
The one on the right is a Dyckia marnier-lapostollei estevesii.
The one on the left is a Dyckia marnier-lapostollei Bahia form.

There are more Dyckia marnier-lapostollei natural varieties than you might wonder.
Many are true versions of the very same plant as these two seedlings above but...
but some are more than just a regional variation and are trespassing the fine line to another brand new species.

This is a foe Taxonomy has to fight or clear it.
Fact is no matter what they are they are some of the most gorgeous plants of all!
They all have a sin but they are allowed to be sinners. They have miserable ugly flowers, all of them. Of course, it really doesn´t mind, my dear Watson.

Have you already heard my marnier is a lousy grower or marniers grow slow?
Humm...No,they are not. They are special in many, many ways.
We do not understdant them. We just presume we do.
I have bee observing these beauties from long ago and I came into some very
suspicious conclusions.
They grow as fast as they can and above all as fast as you allow them to do.
Obvious? Humm..not so.
Dyckia marnier need a higher temperatures to fell at easy. Of course some habitats endures cold July nights but do not keep in mind here a January one in Berlin...even in pictures these plants melt in a January night in Berlin.
Provide than a better sunny position and the proper food and do keep temperatures well above 20 Centigrade ( that temperature inside a home in January days and nights.)
Dyckias marnier will grow as much as any.
Below, a Dyckia marnier estevessi seedling

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