Carmine Princess Flower
Absolutely spectacular bromeliad from dry, rocky, high elevation grasslands of the Andes in Argentina in the provinces of Salta and Tucumán. It forms a compact rosette of narrow leaves that are light green and red-tipped above and silvery below. It produces a massive, short-stalked inflorescence that is densely covered in bright pink, densely wooly bracts. Puya Weberian has not been in cultivation before but would likely succeed in cool Mediterranean climates such as coastal California.
Seeds should be started indoors and sown directly onto the surface of a sandy/cactus compost growing medium, another popular choice is a 50 / 50 mix of seed starting compost and fine grit which can be used when potting on also. (Another popular alternative is to germinate the seeds in between 2 pieces of damp paper towels that have been placed and sealed in a clear plastic food baggie and popped in a propagator or on a heat mat under the light. If you choose this method it is important to open and reseal the bag once a day to allow in clean air and to stop the paper towels from becoming too dry. Very lightly cover the seeds with a fine sprinkle of the medium so that light can still penetrate the surface as these seeds need lots of light to germinate. To encourage germination it would be ideal to use bottom heat to maintain a soil temperature of 65 – 75F which in our experience is the optimum temperature range to kick start the little seed into life. Once your seeds have germinated and have several true leaves you can pot them on into individual planters or seedling pots.