Aechmea blanchetiana – Orange
Aechmea blanchetiana – Orange

This large, sun tolerant ornamental bromeliad can grow to 1.2 metres high. The foliage can range from green, to orange to red depending on the clone, and will develop its best vibrant colours in sufficient sunlight. The large flower spike can reach 1.5m bearing long lasting masses of red and yellow flowers and purple berries. The orange and yellow varieties prefer full sun while the green variety prefers partial sun.

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Aechmea fasciata primera X morgana
Aechmea fasciata primera X morgana

This beautiful plant grows in partial shade reaching to between 1 and 3 feet in height and spreading up to 2 feet. Therefore proving to be most suitable as house/office plant. The green leaves on plant are heavily banded with silver. It has the most stunning big pink pyramidal flower head with blue petals. The flower remains in colour for several months. We hope this cross to give thornless leaves since both parents has thornless leaves.

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Aechmea blanchetiana – Yellow
Aechmea blanchetiana – Yellow

This large, sun tolerant ornamental bromeliad can grow to 1.2 metres high. The foliage can range from green, to orange to red depending on the clone, and will develop its best vibrant colours in sufficient sunlight. The large flower spike can reach 1.5m bearing long lasting masses of red and yellow flowers and purple berries. The orange and yellow varieties prefer full sun while the green variety prefers partial sun.

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Aechmea fosteriana
Aechmea fosteriana

Highly versatile and low maintenance, this medium sized brom can grow on a variety of surfaces and has a high tolerance to heat and humidity. The coarse leaves have burgundy-purple crossbands and thick green spines along the edges, and grow erect to form a tubular rosette about 60cm tall. The short, showy inflorescence is fairly long lasting and comprises of dark red bracts and yellow flowers.

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Special bromeliad fertiliser
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.

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Aechmea spectabilis
Aechmea spectabilis

Great for drought tolerant, shade or container gardens. A large and impressive aechmea, with a rosette that can reach more than 1m in width. Partial shade or patio situation is ideal for this aechmea. It has glossy green leaves that turn tinge red in strong light. These elongated thin red leaves form a fountain shape over time. The multiple branched flower stem reaches more than 1m in height and is comprised of many pink berry like flowers tipped with red petals. Attracts hummingbirds.

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