The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Aechmea

Family: Bromeliaceae.

Aechmea fasciata Bak.
Aechmea Genus of about 200 species of rosette-formed, often rhizomatous, mostly epiphytic, evergreen perennials, mainly from rainforest in S. Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies. The Aechmeas are typical Bromeliads with leathery, arching leaves and a distinct central 'vase' from whitch a stout stalk bearing a bold-flower-head emerges.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth (60F or 18C). Provide as much light as possible, but no full sun. Grow in epiphytic bromeliad potting mix. Never overwater, and ensure that there is good drainage. Keep the central 'vase' filled with water - use rainwater in hard water areas. Misting is necessary in summer. Offsets appear at the base of the plant. When the offset is several month old remove it with some roots attached and plant shallowly in Seed & Cutting Compost. Keep warm until establishment. Sow seed at 68 F (20 C) when ripe. Remove the outer jelly grom the seed before sowing on the surface of the medium.

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