Silver-Vase Bromeliad

Aechmea fasciata

Urn Plant, Silver Vase Plant, Vase Plant, Urnplant

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Aechmea fasciata is an evergreen perennial with funnel-shaped rosettes of grey leaves. A dense, central, terminal spike of purple tubular flowers is formed, often with colourful, pink triangular bracts. It produces a spherical, woolly, fleshy fruit. Like many other bromeliads, this species naturally occurs in woodland, scrub or rocky areas, and is a popular indoor plant that may even be grown outdoors in subtropical and tropical regions.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the seeds once the seed pod is ripe

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe and mature

Division

Divide clumps during late spring or early summer.

Special features

Pot plant

Good container plants, use gritty well draining growing medium.

Indoor plant

Place in high light areas out of direct sunlight.

Special features

Origin

America, Central and South America, West Indies

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Bromeliaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Scale insects can be a problem on young leaves.
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