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As original, colorful and exotic as its cousins, Aechméa is a houseplant from the great family of beautiful bromeliads.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Aechmea
Family : Bromeliad
Type : Houseplant
Height : 30 to 50 cm indoors
Exposure : Bright but without direct sunlight
Foliage : Persistent
Flowering : End of winter or summer
Native to Central and South America, we appreciate its variegated foliage and beautiful pastel red flowering.
Planting, repotting an Aechmea
Aechmea, like all bromeliads, is a plant that needs rich, very well-drained soil to thrive.
A special bromeliad soil proves to be the best solution, but you can also choose a soil for flowering plants and have a good drainage bed at the bottom.
- The Aechméa has few roots, which is why a small diameter pot (about 10 cm) is sufficient.
- We only repot when we want to separate the suckers
Repotting of Aechméa:
If you want to repot your Aechméa, wait until the end of flowering.
- The roots of Aechmea fear excess water.
Make sure the new pot is well drilled at the bottom.
Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
- A potting soil special green plants are needed, ideally special bromeliads.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
- Low but constant humidity is necessary while misting the foliage regularly.
You have to put the pot on a bed of constantly wet gravel, pebbles or clay balls.
Exhibition for an Aechméa
The best place to install your Aechméa is a place where there is no no direct sunlightt.
The Aechmea needs a temperature between 18 and 24 ° but which should never go below 13 °
The temperature in a house or apartment is therefore ideal for growing your Aechmea.
- It fears the sun's rays when they land directly on your Aechmea
It therefore needs good light but no direct sun
- Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
- An east or west exposure is often ideal for the Aechmea
- The Aechmea hates drafts.
Watering and fertilizer Aechméa
Regular but moderate watering is necessary because the aechméa does not require not much water.
Aechméa in spring and summer:
Hold the barely moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.
Bring somefertilizer special orchids every month or so to prolong flowering as much as possible.
- 1 watering per week is often necessary
- Fill in the heart of the rosette once a month with soft water and at room temperature
- Regularly bathe the foliage with water at room temperature
In order to maintain a certain humidity, it is preferable to place the pot on top of clay balls or stones with water at the bottom. Evaporation helps to recreate the conditions of their natural environment without having to water them.
Aechméa in the fall and winter:
Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is very dry between 2 waterings.
- 1 watering every 15 days is enough
- Stop adding fertilizer
- If the air in your home is dry, continue to soak the foliage from time to time
Diseases in Aechmea
Common diseases of houseplants are mainly found,red spider, the cochineal, the aphids but also thepowdery mildew
- If the leaves are fading, it's probably a lack of fertilizer.
- If the lower leaves turn brown or yellow, it is probably overwatering.
A wonderful houseplant, Aechméa is native to tropical forests and dreads the too dry air of our interiors.
By regular misting or by placing the plant pot on a bed of wet logs you recreate the humidity conditions of its natural environment.
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