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January 2015

Bromeliad Aechmea

Bromeliad Aechmea

Aechmea bromeliads are probably the most popular house- plant bromeliads on the market today. A prefect plant for indoor and outdoor use, especially in office spaces. They are very easy to care for. The stately plants generally have wide, strappy green leaves that sometimes appear to be lightly powdered. Although the plants themselves are beau- tiful, their long-lasting flowering bracts are stunning. Usually pink, they rise above the plant like a spiky crown, with smaller purple flowers emerging after time. It’s not unusual for an Aechmea flower spike to last for months.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

Light:
Aechmea’s thrives in light shade or indirect sunlight.
Water:
Aechmea’s foliage grows without a stem. The leaves grow together forming a rosette shape at the centre of the plant. It takes in water through this rosette, more commonly refer to as a tank. It’s important to keep water in its central tank at all times. Be sure to flush this water regularly with clean water to prevent odour and bacteria.
Temperature:
Preferably between 15 — 30 °C with some humidity being provided.
Soil:
Well-drained, moisture-retentive soil. It can also be grown epiphytically with moss around its roots and wired to rough bark.  
Fertilizer:
Fertilizer sparingly with a liquid fertilizer during the growing season.