A Guide to Puya Alpestres
DescriptionPuya alpestris, or more commonly known as Puya, is a very common species of bromelain native to northern Chile. It's native to dry rocky areas, rock gardens in southern and central Chile at elevations up to about 2200 meters high. It's one of the highest southerly-occurring species in the family. It's also referred to as Rockwort or Pike's Beard because it has some resemblance to the beard of Pike.
It doesn't matter if you are a novice or an expert in mushroom growing, Puya Alpestris has certain useful characteristics that make it easy for cultivation. First, it's a very forgiving plant. It can grow almost anywhere provided it gets enough humidity and warmth. That means it can be grown in almost any type of soil.
It needs less water than most other plants and grows quite well with only moderate pruning. It can tolerate low fertility and can handle shade well. The leaves are alternate, with the alternate leafing being set below the main growth. This is a plant that is very tolerant of alkaline soils. In fact, its root structure lends it to acidic soils, but as long as the soil is varied and not too full of salt, it can do well with alkaline soil.
The leaves on Puya Alpestres are very large and have a pointed tip. These characteristics make the plant unique among its species. As mentioned, it's a very forgiving plant. It can get eaten up by less than desirable fungi. However, it's important not to pick off the leaves.
It's a fairly easy plant to grow. It's a snap to grow and it will hardly take more than a light frost from time to time. It's a well known fact that this plant can do very well in a variety of soils. That makes it very useful as a landscaping plant. In fact, some varieties are ideal for desert planting.
There are basically two kinds of Puya Alpestres: the sub-hybrid and the hybrid. The hybrid forms were not always so well known. They are now though well worth the effort. Hybrid plants tend to do better in more humid environments, while sub-hybrids are better in dry climates.
This is one plant you don't want to miss out on. If you are looking for a new addition to your landscape or if you are looking for a plant that will grow well in a variety of soils, this is definitely one plant that you have to look at. Its flowers are also very pretty. You won't be disappointed by what you see.
Puya Alpestres have been used in Mexico for hundreds of years and have been well liked there. This particular plant has a wide variety of uses. It can be grown in almost any type of soil, which makes it very versatile. It will also grow well with other plants in the same family, whether they're native or not. When you grow Puya Alpestres you are showing that you respect Mexican culture.
Puya Alpestres comes from the Aspen family, which contains many beautiful plants. Some of these plants, like the Puya, have beautiful flowers as well. Other members of the family include Juniperus, Pomegranate, Pinus, Ivy, and Holly. These and other members of the Aspen family make up Puya Alpestres.
The leaves of this plant to reach a height of only three to five millimeters. This is a size that makes it perfect for indoor landscaping and it will also fit in just about any type of container. Most of the containers available today have holes in them that make it very easy for you to fill with this easy to grow plant.
It is very easy for this plant to grow. The only thing you really need to do is water it regularly. It will also need you to spend some time pruning it. This does not mean you have to dead head this plant, just refrain from clipping too much off.
Puya Alpestres looks very much like Honeysuckle, however, it has darker green leaves. If you grow this plant indoors you will find that it grows better with some bright lighting. It should be placed near windows, but also try to place it near some tall growing trees. This will cause the plant to get the full sunlight it needs.