Alcantarea Imperialis ‘Silver Plum’
This dark-red giant can span over 1.5 meters in ten years. The tough, leathery leaves tinge a deep red in bright light. The thick, red flower spike can grow 2.5 meters high, producing hundreds of lightly fragrant, white flowers. Prefers bright light and can withstand relatively cool temperatures.
This is another much sought after, rare, large Brazilian native. The leaves can grow to 1.5m long when mature, with the lower leaves drooping over and creating an unusual landscaping feature. The thick flower stalk can grow to 1.5 meters tall, branching out into dozens of flower stalks bearing numerous blossoms, and can last several months.
A medium to large sized brom with striking, patterned leaves and shiny, flaming red, branched inflorescences. The leaves are light green with a striking, reddish brown banding, and can grow to 250cm long and 45cm wide. The flowers have orange red petals. Prefers bright, indirect light and humidity.
Werauhia sanguinolenta rubra
Purplish black in bright light, this large bromeliad spans a meter when mature. Its meter long spike has black bracts bearing off-white flowers, creating vivid contrasts and making it a great accent plant. Prefers semi-shade to dappled bright light; the amount of light influences foliage colour.
Special bromeliad fertiliser
This is the top notch commercial grade fertiliser used by nurseries. Slow release fertilisers that you get on shelves of supermarkets are just activated by soil temperature and not soil moisture. This special bromeliad fertiliser is 'controlled release fertiliser' which is activated by both soil temperature and moisture. It releases fertiliser when plant needs it. Also unlike many standard fertiliser on supermarket shelves which usually feeds for 3 months, this fertiliser feeds for 12 months. Plus you only need a quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. That means our 240 gms fertiliser bag can be sufficient for about 50 X 4″ pots.
Directions: Half fill the pot with a good quality, free draining potting mix. Sprinkle appropriate amount of fertiliser* and place the plant in it. Fill with remaining potting mix. Fertiliser may be mixed with the potting mix, but applying fertiliser at the root zone can achieve quicker results. One application lasts 12 months (at 21 deg C average soil temp.) *Use about quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. Adjust the amount as per the pot size.
Please note that if your bromeliad is a coloured one, it may turn green within a few days. Extensive experiments in our greenhouse have shown that it really doesn’t matter if your coloured bromeliad turns green in the beginning. In fact, it will serve to establish your plant, giving out good vegetative growth.
(This fertiliser is suitable for tubestock, pups and young bromeliads for vigorous growth.) You can then apply an appropriate high potassium fertiliser, which will bring out the colour.
Neoregelia scarlet charlotte X Neoregelia medusa
N. scarlet charlotte has bright green leaves with the most gorgeous scarlet centre at maturity whereas N. medusa is spineless beauty with lovely formed rosette and intense colouring at flowering . A cross between these beauties and you have a lovely plant that deserves a place in any collection. Best in dappled light, with some morning sun to maximise the leaf colouring at flowering.
This is an unusually beautiful plant whose shiny green leaves with dark, hieroglyphic cross bands totally outshine its tall green flower spike bearing pale cream flowers. Given some 10 years, the rosette can spread to about 1.5 metres, earning it the common name of King of Bromeliads.
A large rosette of 50-75cm with an interesting pattern, the broad mottled green leaves have spiny edges and silvery scales on the underside. The inflorescence consists of compact, white flowers surrounded by purplish-pink bracts. Requires warmth, shade, and frequent spraying in dry periods.
Agave geminiflora (Twin Flower Agave)
A dramatic plant which blooms yellow flowers with a hint of red. This Mexican native is a natural for the desert garden or the modern architectural landscape. The symmetrical, nearly stem less rosette, smaller size, fine texture, and resistance to pests make this a first class landscape plant. It thrives in full sun, even in low desert, but will do equally well in shade. Adequate water ensures a dense symmetrical form and optimal colour. Whether in modernistic or naturalistic landscapes, few plants rival its uniformity of size and widespread adaptability.
Alcantarea imperialis rubra
Formerly known as Vriesa imperialis, this dark-red giant can span over 1.5 meters in ten years. The tough, leathery leaves tinge a deep red in bright light. The thick, red flower spike can grow 2.5 meters high, producing hundreds of lightly fragrant, white flowers. Prefers bright light and can withstand relatively cool temperatures.
Vriesea cathy (burgundy) X cathy (red)
A classic cross between the considerably darker, burgundy variety with the dark burgundy-purple floral bract and the brighter, red variety with the red branching bract that could give either colour, or in some cases, a mix of colours. A beautiful specimen, either ways.
Vriesea ospinae gruberi X tiger tim
Eye catching cross between gruberi and tiger tim. A striking and unusual medium sized brom with numerous whitish, light and dark green patterned leaves and vivid yellow inflorescence. The dense rosette can grow 40 cm in diameter and 80 cm high. The vivid yellow flower spike is flat, narrow and sword shaped, and bears numerous lemon yellow flowers high above the richly speckled foliage; these last several months. Prefers indirect light.