Sep 23, 2011
Dyckia hb Brittle Star
...any similar to this is not the true one Dyckia hb Brittle Star.
In fact there are many other very similar to this one including the majestic Dyckia hb Bill Paylen.
Most crossings present the world with a vast number of different looking plants when their seeds are
used to produce new plants.
Dyckia hb Brittle Star seed will never produce the very same look!! It is far more easier to win the Kentucky Derby ten times in a row.
In order to produce new Dyckia hb Brittle Star plants we have to rely only on:
a - Head divisions:
The plant does produce what we call mirror effect and very old heads can be separated.
Don´t try this unless you know exactly what you are doing as this is the fastest way to kill the plant.
Do not rely on luck here. One needs a fair amount of experience to perform this successfully.
Do not be bold unless you did this many times before.
b - Basal sprouting:
This plant does not sprouts unless some very detailed actions are taken and also
this is something to the advanced Dyckia lover to perform.
Every Dyckia leaf has a gem in its axila! This gems are induced to be transformed into flowers stalks or
side sproutings. If you cut off many of the basal leaves and allow the light get in the plant trunk it will with luck induce to new plants formation. Some bold minds even destroy the main gem to induce this basal sprouting.
I do not recommend this! Brittle Star is a stubborn one and won´t sprout so easily! This behavior it must have inherited from Dyckia fosteriana as it is very unusual for a true one to produce sprouts.
c - in vitro reproduction:
Fairly active cells can be induced to make or turn into new plants. These are always identical replicas of the
donor plant, the one that produced those cells. Cells taken from those axila gems and also from the growing root points are fine for.
Thousands of plants can be made so.
The process is common place around the world and it turns a rarity into a frugality.
It has being avoided it the case of rare plants as it is still much more profitable to get new plants from
the normal way. In vitro produced plants are extremely cheap, delicate, fragile ones. That means: disposable!
That is why just flowering beautifully plants or brilliant colored foliage ones have being so reproduced...
Posted by Constantino at 10:57 AM