Aechmea is known for being a strong and easy houseplant. Native to South America, the genus comprises more than 200 species of epiphytes growing on trunks and forming a rosette of basal thick, persistent, silvery leaves with a spiny rim, surmounted by a large inflorescence of various colors.
Its cultivation is close to that of orchids, and the growth is rather slow. The blooming of flowers indicates the near end of the life of the plant, which will then emit new shoots.
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Plant my aechmea
This member of the Bromeliaceae family is quite easy to maintain if you can provide what it needs : a warm, bright, humid and well-ventilated environment - either indoors, or in a greenhouse.
It does not require much soil, but appreciates the ambient humidity.
After purchase, replant in a pot - rather small - using a mix of potting soil and coconut fiber. You might be able to leave it outside from spring to autumn, when the temperatures are above 15 ° C, though sheltered from the direct sun - but keep it in when temperatures drop below 12°C.
Water my aechmea
Water regularly in the fist weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the surface of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !
Fertilize my aechmea
Each month, add a very dilute liquid fertilizer to your irrigation water to prevent yellowing of the leaves.
Repot my aechmea
After a few years, transplant your Vriesea in one or more small pots in a mix of potting soil and organic fiber.
The idea is that because each one is ephemeral, and emits rejects, you must divide them.
Prune my aechmea
Prune the flower stalk after flowering.
Check on my aechmea
Watch out for aphids and mealybugs, which hide under the leaves in dry atmospheres.
To remove them, use spirit or black soap mixed with water.