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Bromeliads are indoor flowering houseplants that can add great color and texture to your indoor garden. Two of my favorites are the Aechmea Fasciata and the Vriesia Splendens. However, the Guzmania bromeliad is by far the most common bromeliad and they are grown in many colors, including red, orange, yellow and purple.
Pictured below is an Aechmea Primera. With its gorgeous pink flower it is so similar to the Aechmea Fasciata that is often used as a substitute. At the bottom of the page is a close up of Aechmea fulgens bloom taken in the Manoa Valley of Hawaii.
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Aechmeas, and bromeliads in general, should be acquired when they have an established bloom as they really require a greenhouse environment to reach this stage. The earlier they are in the bloom stage, the longer your Aechmea will last. However, if the bloom is not out of the "vase" of the plant, it may not mature properly if you cannot provide adequate light and temperatures.
After blooming, your Aechmea bromeliad will do well with bright, diffused lighting and even some sun. Temperatures should be between 50° and 85°F with some humidity being provided.
Watering Aechmea - Let the growing media dry down about 1/2 of the grow pot between waterings. Then water well but do not allow your bromeliads to stand in water. These plants have a minimal root system so don't overwater. In sun or bright light, you can water into the vase and allow to run over into the potting mix.
Other Notes on Watering Aechmea - Watering in the "vase" of the plant is alright in good, bright light situations. If your light is not very good you may find this harmful to the plant. Problems with gnats, mosquitos and rot can occur. In nature, rain falls into the center of the plant, remaining there until it evaporates. Insects and organic matter fall in and are trapped in the vase. As they decompose, they feed the Aechmea through the foliage. This process will most likely not be occuring in your home!
Also, Aechmeas in bloom tend to be very top heavy. If your plant gets knocked over, you will have the water spilled out on your floor or furniture. I avoid doing this and prefer to water the potting mix only. You should make your own decision based on your plant's light and location.
If you have a sunroom or a greenhouse you can have fun with these tropical plants and propagate by removing and planting the "pups" or shoots that grow from the base of a mature specimen. If you are able to do this, you must be patient as it generally takes about one and a half to two years for these plants to reach maturity and produce a bloom. Bright light and warm temperatures will be needed to grow and bloom an Aechmea from a pup.
Interior landscapers use these plants to add color to an interior design. Their secret to keeping them looking great is that they are replaced on a regular schedule.
Once mature and in bloom, bromeliads will begin to fade and die after a certain amount of time. This really depends on the care they receive, the light and how far into their bloom stage they were when they were acquired. So if you have one of these plants, don't be upset if it starts to die after you have had it for awhile as this is natural. I have had some stay in good bloom for 6-9 months and some only last 2-3 months.
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