Neoregelia ‘Blushing tiger’
Neoregelia ‘Blushing tiger’ is one of the best choices for landscaping. It gives a stunning display when planted in bunches. Its contrast and red stripes all over with dark red centre make it’s a sought after neo in landscaping as well as just potted plant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vriesea platynema variegata
This one’s a large, multicoloured stunner, with a 50 cm tall flower spike bearing numerous purple to red bracts with yellow petals. The large, deep green-blue leaves are faintly banded, with thin white stripes. The purple on their tips extends to a purple shading underneath, making this one of the more beautiful members of the group.
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.
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.
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.