Aechmea fasciata is an epiphytic Bromeliad from Brazil. Aechmeas are among the most beautiful of all Bromeliads for indoor decoration. Large, colorful blooms rise high above the vase-shaped rosette of leaves.
Blooming time: Most Bromeliads will flower naturally when they reach maturity; they can also be made to flower by supplying the substances which begin bud formation: for example, enclose the entire plant ( with its cup empty of water to prevent excessive humidity buildup) in a plastic bag together with a ripe apple. The apple gives off ethylene gas which stimulates flowering in Bromeliads. Leave plant and apple in the plastic bag for 7-10 days; f lower will appear in 1-2 months.
Culture: Add peatmoss to an equal volume of general house plant mix for a humusy and well drained combination. Soil may dry out between waterings. Keep water in central cup formed by leafy rosette. Fertilize every 1-2 months, applied to the soil. Or fill the cup with half-strength dilution of fertilizer every month.
Propagation: After flowering, Bromeliads produce side shoots (offsets), which may be removed while young and rooted for additional plants.
Aechmea fasciata was featured as Plant-of-the-Week October 17-23, 1998.
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