Popular Bromeliad Plant – Aechmea fasciata

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Care and Culture, Classification

This article provides you with a specific profile of the popular bromeliad plant known as Aechmea fasciata.

Aechmea fasciata (ak-mee-uh fa-see-AH-tuh) – Also know as the “Urn Plant or “Silver Vase Plant.” The stiff, upright shape of the Urn Plant serves it well in its natural habitat (the floor of South American rain forests). The tough, arching leaves have a waxy finish, which helps the plant gather water in its reservoir. Individual leaves can grow to 15 in (37.5 cm) long, and well grown plants may reach 20 in (50 cm) in height! Mature plants produce a quilled, pinkish orange bract that persists for 4 to 6 weeks. If a 4-year-old plant shows no signs of blooming, try pushing it along with Epsom salts and ethylene gas released by fruit (see article on Bromeliad Fertilizer). Spring is the best season to induce bloom; bright light also promotes flowering. After flowering, urn plant usually produces 2 to 3 pups.

For more information about Aechmea fasciata bromeliads, check out my Bromeliad Plant Growing Specifications – Aechmea fasciata post!

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