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Deuterocohnia chrysantha
Family:Bromeliaceae
Endemic
Good ornamental value (A)
Height: 1.1 m.
USDA Hardiness Zone 10 and 11. The plant does not tolerate freezing. Extremely dry areas with very rare rainfall. The dry season lasts 8 - 12 months and in some years it is possible to have no rainfall at all. Rainfall less than 100 mm/year. Coastal fog/camanchaca: The plants obtain water mainly from condensation. Exposed, but with protection from direct sun through coastal fog (camanchaca).
Shrub
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These seeds are generally restocked in: May
Once this lot runs out, it will probably not be restocked next season.
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This plant is relatively easy to cultivate. In the first place, the seeds can be stored for long period of times and they germinate easily. We carried out a germination test with a seed lot which was collected in September 2006 (that is not the ideal time for collecting seeds of this species, because the seeds we found were one of the last; probably, the best moment is around March - April). The germination was carried out in May 2007. The seeds were soaked for 48 hours in tap water (at 12 C), then planted supeficially in 50 % sand - 50 % tierra de hojas. They were kept at +15 - + 18 C and exposed to natural light (sunlight). The germination started on the 5th day, and on the 9th day the germination was over 80 %. In its natural habitat the plant grows in rather limited conditions (+12 + 18 C, no direct sunlight, no freezing), however, it is very likely that the plant is much more resistant. We have a few adult plants in Talca, where summer temperatures were above 30 C, and there were freezing spells already. So far the plants are doing well and we will keep checking on that matter to see whether this species may tolerate a wider temperature range.