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August 2015

Guzmania

Guzmania

Guzmanias are wonderfully stunning table-top plants. They feature long, narrow, shiny green leaves that rise from a deep central cup. The plants are somewhat taller than many bromeliads. Their large and showy flower bracts arise in the spring. Guzmania are not difficult to grow, and they will reward you with many weeks of color with little or no effort.

Interresting Facts:

Most bromeliads only flower once under home/office conditions. However, if new off-shoots are produced, it is possible to induce them to flower by treating the plant with ethylene gas. To treat a plant, place one or two ready to eat apples next to the plant and them seal the plant and apples in a plastic bag. Keep the bag sealed for two or three days at room temper-ature. Remove the bag and apples. It may take many weeks before you will know if the treatment was successful.

Many are classified as "epiphytes" or air plants as they grow on other plants and elevated supports. They are not parasites but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.

Recent Findings showed that this is one of many foliage and flowering plant species that can remove air pollutants.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

Light
Guzmanias require low light and should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Watering
Place water in the central cup of the plant and replace frequently to keep it from rotting. Keep the potting mix moist during the spring and the summer months.

Temperature
Guzmanias thrive in temperatures of at least 13 c or higher. Because these are tropical plants, they benefit from high humidity. A light mist daily will keep your Guzmania looking its best.