To the genus aechmea belong about fifty species of epiphytic plants, evergreen, spread in the pluvial forests of South America, where they develop on the trunk of the trees, at the bifurcation of the branches. A. fasciata has long fleshy leaves, pointed, placed in wide basal rosettes, of dark green colour, the name fasciata comes from the wide horizontal stripes which showily decorate the leaves, formed by blue-grey bloom.
Every 2-3 years, at the centre of the rosette of leaves, a particular inflorescence develops, formed by several semi-woody bracts, of pink colour, between which small lilac or white flowers bloom.
The inflorescence of the Acmea remains decorative for months, then dries up; often, after the flowering, the plant perishes, whilst it develops some basal shoots, which can be removed for giving origin to new plants, or left in the same container, in way to originate a wide group of plants, which will produce at the same time the new inflorescences. Much appreciated as indoor plants, the aechmea as well as being very decorative, it is also easy to grow.
The Acmea should be grown in an apartment, in a fairly bright place, but not in direct contact with sunlight; it develops without any problems even in a shady or semi-shady place. It fears the cold, and it doesn’t bear temperatures below 15°C.
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- Good morning, I bought about a month ago an aechmea blue rain that I keep in the living room, once a week I bathe little soil and add a little water in the glass of leaves, the one from which I can see the water.
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- The two main requirements of the plants of Guzmania lingulata are: heat and high humidity. They are planted at the end of spring or at the beginning of summer, in pots of about 10 cm, using the same planting method.
In nature these plants live in places with very high humidity, it is therefore advisable to vaporize the leaves of the entire plant occasionally; watering is done by filling the calyx consisting of the leaves, and avoiding excessively moistening the substrate of cultivation. They can bear short periods of drought without any problems.
Acmea plants are grown in a soft and rich soil, mixed with bark or other incoherent material, to simulate the substrate they have available in nature. Usually, it is not necessary to repot them often, even if, at times, they are placed in big containers, due to the weight which the well developed plants can reach.
After the flowering, it is possible to remove the basal shoots, which are to be rooted in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts, to be placed in a container to be placed in a protected place, with constant temperature.
Pests and diseases
Excessive watering can cause the development of root rot. It is good to check that the chosen soil is adequate and allows good drainage of the water; if you notice the problem, it is necessary to intervene by reducing watering and, if necessary, decanting the plant in a more draining substrate.
Native to Brazil, thirty to thirty-five centimeters high, has thorny leaves, small that form an open rosette, the inflorescence is an oval cob with numerous blue flowers pedunculate that appear in August – September and are followed by vermilion berries.
It is native to South America and is between fifty and sixty centimetres tall. The leaves are green-white, and the inflorescences are reddish.
Acmea – Aechmea: Aechmea wrapped card
is an epiphytic plant that grows attached to the bark of other plants, getting water and nutrients through the leaves.
It has few roots but those it produces are very strong
The leaves are streaked with white, green-grey colour, form a rosette and have black thorns along the margin. At the centre of the rosette is a stem with pink bracts and blue-pink flowers. When the petals fall, the bracts remain, which look like flowers but are not.
blooms only once in his life around June of July.
grows in half shade in the house, near a window, but behind the curtains to avoid direct sunlight.
between 18 and 25 degrees by day and between 15 and 20 degrees by night. It does not like air currents.
scarce in winter, in spring you pour some non calcareous water into the rosette in the middle of the leaves.
of the liquid fertilizer in the water of the watering every two weeks or so during the growing season.
After flowering the plant dies and produces some lateral jets that can be rooted by surrounding their base with moss or peat. The lateral jets are removed with a sharp knife and left to dry for one or two days, then planted and supported until the roots have developed, which can be ascertained by giving them a few very slight blows.
Parasites and diseases:
the red spider shows up with brownish spots on the younger leaves.
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