Vaasplant, Kruikplant (Afr.)
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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.
Harvest the seeds once the seed pod is ripe
Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe and mature
Divide clumps during late spring or early summer.
Good container plants, use gritty well draining growing medium.
Place in high light areas out of direct sunlight.
America, Central and South America, West Indies
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Pink, Purple, Red
Scale insects can be a problem on young leaves.