The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Nidularium

Family: Bromeliaceae.

Nidularium bilbergioides Common name(s): Bird's nest bromeliad Nidularium "Fireball"
Nidularium Genus of about 25 species of rosette-forming, evergreen, usually epiphytic perennials, sometimes rhizomatous, related to Neoregelia, from woodland and rainforest, mainly in Brazil. Nidularium differs from the more popular and rather similar Neoregelia by having a central rosette of very short leaves. This 'bird's nest' turns bright red at flowering time. Leaves below the bird's nest are about 1 ft long and 2 in. wide. Nidularium
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth (55 F or 16 C). 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, but don't mist in winter. 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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