Bromeliad, Matchstick


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Matchstick Bromeliad, Aechmea gamosepala, 4in Potted, Rooted Plant, Organic, GMO Free

4in Potted, Rooted Plant

Name: Matchstick Bromeliad
Scientific Name: Aechmea gamosepala
Family: Bromeliaceae

This ornamental plant is both a popular houseplant and outdoor plant for tropical and semi-tropical zones. Known for growing in trees, attaching to branches and anchoring into nooks bromeliads are an interesting plant. Unlike most plants they do not actively drink and absorb nutrients through their roots, but from pooling water between its rosettes of leaves. This particular variety has relatively mundane smooth green leaves, however its unique and showy blooms is what allows this one to stand out. The long flower spike is covered in matchstick shaped bracts, that are bright violet-pink and tipped in a dull blueish-white color. These blooms if protected can last a long time, even up to a month.

Origination: Argentina and Brazil
Recommended Uses: Ornamental
Height: 1-1.5 (30-45 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9-11
Flower Color: Pink-Violet, Blue-white

Growing Instructions: Shade-Part shade, Moderate-low water.
Growing Matchstick Bromeliads is easy but there are several things to know beforehand. When watering bromeliads you should get water between the leaves, you will often see it pool in the plant. This is perfectly fine for bromeliads, but if the water seems to becoming stagnant, more common indoors, then you can feel free to pour out any freestanding water and replacing it with fresh water. Rainwater is usually best due to not having chlorine like tap water, but many growers have plants that thrive regardless. Sometimes a regular misting is all in indoor plant will need to maintain proper moisture. Bromeliads can be grown in a peat soil medium, or mounted to bark and drift wood – out doors in semitropical environments they can even be left in trees year-round. They will often reproduce pups through rhizomes, which can then be separated into other plants or left to clump together. Bromeliads should be placed in a shady location, away from harsh direct sun. Dappled light such as under a tree is usually perfect.


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