Aechmea nudicaulis var. cuspidata (variegated)

2008

Aechmea nudicaulis var. cuspidata (variegated)

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Nativity:

Brazil

Growth Habit:

The vase-like rosette of leaves of this bromeliad is pale yellow striped with apple green. The leaves have a row of black spines along the margins. The bright red-bracted flower spikes produce lemon yellow flowers in summer. 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 nudicaulis var. cuspidata in bright shade either in a pot or in the ground with lots or 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:

The colorful flower spikes and brightly variegated leaves make this one of the most handsome bromeliads to grow.

Where at Lotusland:

The upper bromeliad garden at the edge of the lawn.

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