Dyckia are actually a genus of the bromeliad family. Their love of sun, drought tolerance, and unique appearance often make people think they are succulents. But unlike true succulents, Dyckia doesn’t store its own water in its leaves.
With varieties that have numerous beautiful shapes, sizes, color, Dyckias combine well with succulents and other low-water plants, making a dramatic addition to xeriscapes and desert landscapes. With 120 different species and many more cultivar, it’s easy to choose at least one to add to the landscape, even if only for a conversation piece.
- Dyckia relish full sun, but can also accept less (but keep in mind that less light can alter leaf color).
- Plant Dyckia in well-draining soil.
- When grown in containers, Dyckias eventually require division. Tip: Remove pups when at least half the size of the mother plant and repot using a growth hormone.
- While dyckias can survive drought conditions, they don’t thrive in them. So during spring and summer (their growing season), make sure they drink sufficient water. Related, during this growing season fertilize them and then stop during the winter.
- If your dyckias become too dry, then their growth will stop and they’ll eventually wilt. But don’t despair, they recover once watered.