Aechmea fasciata

2007

Aechmea fasciata

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Native to Brazil.

Growth Habit:

The vase-like rosette of leaves of this bromeliad is gray-green with a row of black spines along the margins. Plants produce bright pink inflorescences after several years. While the original plant will die after flowering, it will produce several offsets that may be removed and replanted. It is usually epiphytic in its native range, but adapts well to containers or raised beds outdoors.

Growing Requirements:

Grow Aechmea fasciata in bright shade either in a pot or in the ground with lots of organic material incorporated into the soil mix. Soil may be allowed to dry out between waterings, but maintain the central cup – made by the tightly overlapping leaves – full of water at all times. Fertilize every month or two with half-strength liquid fertilizer in the central cup.

Features:

This bromeliad is probably one of the best known and easiest to grow. It is regularly available in nurseries, home improvement centers and supermarkets.

Where at Lotusland:

There are a number of plants in both the upper bromeliad and lower bromeliad gardens.

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