Feb 29, 2016

Dyckia hb Maria Fogosa, a young hybrid plant I luv it.

Home made beauty.

Born from classics and better looking  than them all.

A young Xanthic encholirium horridum

Encholirium horridum, a fountain of green and life

A beauty that exceeds imagination

Feb 27, 2016

Dyckia hb Tangará da Serra-MT, it sets central flower and terminal flower stalk

Terminal florations are rare amid Dyckias, in fact extra rare.

Dyckia hb Brittle Star, clump divisions, separeated heads...risky operation

 Now dices are tossed and fingers are crossed
Above and below the main plant now isolated again.

Bellow, two of the three heads of the original clump.
Brittle Star emits no lateral sprouts and its seeds won´t reproduce its looks.
The only way to duplicate it is by splitting heads.

Dices are tossed and fingers are crossed.

Bellow, we see one of the four heads I separated a year from now. 
I succeeded!

Dyckia delicata, one of the best looking Dyckias of all

Feb 26, 2016

Dyckia encholirioides var. Praia do Forte-SC

the Dyckia hb Brittle Star clump is split.....

Finally I got bold enough to do it ....

These are original clones and there is no other way to get it for this hybrid does not emit lateral sprouts. One must rely only on head divisions, splitting them apart and getting new plants.

Bellow a fourth head separated from the clump a year ago from now.

This one was separated from the clump a year back from now.
One can see some of the old leaves still down there. 
They are fine source of water and foot for the plant.

Dyckia hb Brittle Star original clone, risks must be taken.

Long ago I got Dyckia Brittle Star original clone from Steve Ball
who live in California and was William Baker´s friend.
Steve keeps in Encino- Ca some of the most spectacular  hybrids in the world
  including the Famous Dyckia hb Brittle Star original Bill Baker´s clone.
The clone besides spectacular emits no sprouts and its seeds do not  duplicate  its looks.
The only possible way of duplicating  this beauty is by head division.
Divide heads is always risky and fearful.
We deal with  the old wood trunk, a portion supposed to stay untouched.

So after many years and much anxiety I removed one head of a
 four headed old plant last year and it worked fine.
 I show removed one already with roots down bellow here.
Brittle Star is gorgeous when solitary healthy young head.
Having  one safe and rooted plant I got bold enough
 to separate all the three left heads of the bunch.

 The work is far from done. 
Now the exposed tissue must dry a bit and the old leaf axils removed to allow the new roots
to emerge from the trunk.

Here the three  crowns are apart from each other.

Above the fouth crown I separated from the four head clump in 2015.

Feb 25, 2016

Well coming to my homeand bushes a real photographer

Toshiro Numajiri a photographer report for Brutus Magazine, a most important Japanese mag.
What a honor! 
We spent some pleasant hours together here in my home and also in the bushes.

Dyckia brevifolia var. subidensis will appear in a prestigious Japanese magazine.

Brevifolia is a reophytic species and it tells about my  Family story for 
we both lived under the very same skies.

This 61yo swollen belyied guy you have already seen.

Feb 22, 2016

Dyckia rondonopolitana, from Rondonópolis, Mato Grosso-Brazil

The area hold the most extensive soy bean plantations in the world.