How do you grow Aechmea?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 16 July 2013 12:21 PM
Grow the Aechmea in a position that is in bright indirect light but not in direct sun. A minimum temperature of 10ºC (50ºF) is required for this attractive house plant. An ideal temperature for growth is 21ºC (70ºF) and when in flower reducing the temperature to 10-12ºC (50-55ºF) will prolong the life of the flower.Keep the well that is formed in the centre of the plant by the leaves topped up with rain water which is ideally at room temperature. Water the compost if it gets very dry but avoid over watering as this will lead to the plant rotting. When the plant is in growth a very weak liquid feed solution can be added to the well at monthly intervals. During the winter keep the plant a little dryer. Where possible use soft or rain water.

Once flowering is over the plant dies but not before producing suckers from the base. When they have produced two leaves the old plant can be cut away. The suckers are left in place until large enough to pot individually into small pots, usually when they are half the size of the parent. It is important to use a very well drained gritty compost mixture. Further potting on is only necessary  when the plant becomes large and unstable in its current pot. These plants may take two years to reach flowering size. Once the plant reaches flowering size place it in a clear polythene bag with a ripe apple for three weeks. The apple gives off ethylene gas which stimulates flowering.
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