An Introduction to the Hechtia Bromeliad Plant
Author: Celeste Booth2 Comments
Hechtia (heck’tya) – Belonging to the Pitcairnioideae subfamily; this group consists of 48 species and ranges in size from several centimeters to about one meter across!
As with most members of the subfamily Pitcairnioideae, they are heavily armed with marginal spines and require great care when handling. Hechtias are terrestrial and grow on desert hillsides and rocky slopes alongside cactus and are truly xerophytic, withstanding long periods of drought and extreme variations in temperature. The flowers of this genus are mainly insignificant and nearly always white in color. Hence they are usually grown for their glossy foliage rather than their flowers.
Caring for a Hechtia
Light: Hechtia are light-loving bromeliads and enjoy 5000-6000 foot candles, although they can withstand up to 50% shade. (See post: What Are Foot Candles)
Temperature: These plants like a natural swing in temperatures between day and night, therefore, temperatures in the 70-90ºF range during the day and around 40ºF at night are ideal.
Water: Water regularly during active growth and less frequently during cooler winter months.
Fertilizer: Not a necessity, but they will grow a lot quicker with it. Apply fertilizer to the potting medium. Cut back during the winter months.
For more information on the Pitcairnioideae Bromeliad subfamily, check out our Bromeliad Subfamily – Pitcairnioideae post.
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