Bromeliad: plant and care

Bromeliad: plant and care

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Bromeliad is a word that gathers together a series of plants united by numerous aspects including an indisputable beauty and the ability to adapt perfectly with the apartment climate. We are talking about plants belonging to the Bromeliads family, evergreen and of tropical origin, come from Central America and the Indian islands, in particular. We see it better immediately, if we already know it, but I anticipate that it Bromeliad it has all the appearance of a sort of rosette with some light green fleshy leaves from which a flower emerges, usually red or yellow, always with bright colors.

Bromeliad: an impressive houseplant

Even if you are used to and originating in typical areas for hot climates, with another level of ambient humidity, these plants are also good in the apartment, especially if we can place them in a place where it is not cold and there are no strong currents. The temperature should never drop below 15 ° C, even in winter. At home, in ours Bromeliad, we reserve a place where it can enjoy good lighting without being hit and bothered by direct sunlight for hours and hours.

Even if we have a terrific green thumb, it will be hard to get gods fruits from Bromeliad, if in the apartment. It is true that in nature they can be seen on the top of the plant, after the flowers, but in the home, let's be satisfied with flowers that are not obvious.

Bromeliad: cure

The hardest part of the Bromeliad cure is the regulation of humidity, of the soil as well as of the environment. The former must not be humid, while the atmosphere around the plant does. So we water without overdoing it, when the soil is dry, but never overdoing it, never all at once.

To create a high humidity environment, we vaporize throughout the year and, excellent advice, we put our Potted Bromeliad with pot holder to be filled with expanded clay, making sure it is always damp. In summer, the plant must be placed in the light but not cooked in the sun otherwise you risk sunburn of the leaves. When winter comes, it must be taken to shelter in closed places and away from currents and bad weather. In the vegetative phase, pruning becomes essential, both to keep the foliage of the plant in order and to stimulate growth.

Bromelia: flower

THE Bromeliad flowers they are first and foremost beautiful and always very bright colors. However, they can have various forms, the most frequent ones, especially in our apartments, are those spike or "funnel". In addition to yellow and red, we can also find some in white, which is rare but not impossible.

There Bromeliad plant it is a narrow rosette of fleshy leaves and the inflorescence appears right between these leaves, it is made up of showy bracts and, in a chain, the flower blooms. You can find yourself waiting months before seeing yours Bromeliad making flowers is not serious, we learn to have patience, even if later we will also see them dry up and die. Sometimes the plant also dies but let's keep it by removing the inflorescence because around the mother plant they could "resurrect ”new inflorescences.

Bromeliad fasciata

There Bromelia Fasciata is the popular name of the said houseplant Aechmea fasciata, like the other types, it comes fromSouth America, it is an "epiphytic" plant, a technical term that suggests that this B. Fasciata is used in nature to live above trees. Its peculiarity is also the fact of being equipped with hard leaves that show a green gray serrated edge, with streaks running through them, both white and silver.

Bromeliad: where to buy it

Bromeliad can be bought easily online and at 70 Euros or a little less, you can get a 70 cm plant at home. Once received in the apartment, we must know how to defend it. From the red spider mites, for example, by which it is often affected, and which tend to attach itself to cochineal, or from other parasites that rage especially in summer and all that remains is to spray an antiparasite at least every three days, without exaggerating so as not to "poison it".

Another problem to watch out for when treating Bromeliad it is heavy rot but just don't give in to excessive watering and make sure that the soil mix is ​​draining.

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