The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Bromeliaceae.

Billbergia viridiflora Wendl
Billbergia Genus of about 60 species of rosette-forming, rhizomatous or suckering, evergreen, mainly epiphytic perennials from scrub, woodland, and forest, in S. Mexico, Central America, and N., E., and C. South America. Billbergia is the easiest Bromeliad to grow - young plants flower quite readily. Billbergia can withstand winter temperatures as low as 35-40 F.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth (60F or 18C). Provide as much light as possible, but no full sun. Grow epiphytically or in containers of epiphytic bromeliad potting mix. Never overwater, and ensure that there is good drainage. 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 81 F (27 C) as soon as ripe.

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