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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 fosteriana X red chestnut
This large-leafed stunner can grow a metre tall and a metre wide. It has thick, leathery leaves with rich, chocolate brown tones and creamy green bands. The leaves tend to arch more and intensify in colour with age, making it a great specimen plant for patios or decks partially shaded from the sun. Prefers partial shade. This is cross between original fosteriana rubra and red chestnut which is equally beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
Vriesea philippo – coburgii
Very hardy plant, can grow in full Sun or dappled Sun. In full Sun the leaves turn light green almost towards yellow and leaf tips becomes dark red. In dappled Sun the leaves remain dark green with brick red tips. Equally stunning without flower and with flower. The red and yellow flower spike can reach up to 1.5 metres high.
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.
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.