This bold bromeliad with its bright flowers against its striking foliage is a stunning indoor plant that can also be used on a patio and in some parts of the country can be grown outdoors. Flowers will last approximately 5 to 8 months.
This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. The plant grows slowly, reaching 30–90 cm (12–35 in) in height, with a spread of up to 60 cm (24 in). It has elliptic–oval-shaped leaves 45–90 cm (18–35 in) long and arranged in a basal rosette pattern.
Your Aechmea likes the light but not direct sunlight. If using outdoors, ensure it’s not in full sun. It may also need acclimatising to an outdoor situation. A shade cloth draped over the plants for 3 to 4 weeks works well.
Always ensure there is water in the cup of the plant. Keep the soil moist but don’t allow the plant to sit in water. Feed your plant fortnightly at half the rate specified on the label instructions. Bromeliads are low feeders. Fertiliser should be applied to the cup of the plant.