Aechmea caring tips, an exotic plant for your garden0
The beautiful Aechmea, also called lance rosette, captivates with its beautiful, exotic blossom at first glance. This remarkable plant comes from the South American rainforest and fortunately can also thrive in this country as a magnificent houseplant, for example on your windowsill. And although it is one of the easiest to care for, you should consider a few things so that you can enjoy it for longer. The following lines tell you everything you should know about it.
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Perfect location and best substrate
Aechmea fasciata is actually an epiphyte in its home location. This means that it usually grows on trees. At home, however, you can grow them in a medium-sized flowerpot, preferably from clay. The lance rosette is called that for nothing. It has numerous, broad leaves that are located in a rosette shape.
In the middle is the magnificent Aechmea flower from May to October. This is majestic, with many delicate peaks and usually colored in pink. In between are the tiny flowers in purple and violet.
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The Aechmea belongs to the bromeliad family, the pineapple family. This can already be seen from the shape of the flowers and the flat leaves. As a real Amazonian child, the plant likes bright, sunny spots. Nevertheless, you should not leave them in the blazing sun for too long, especially if you put them on the balcony in fine weather. Moderate temperatures between 18 and 20 degrees are perfect for this. You should also ensure that there is sufficient humidity. In summer, therefore, additional spraying of the plant with mild, low-lime water would be particularly recommended.
Normal potting soil is quite suitable for the Aechmea. Nevertheless, you should ensure good permeability and even better mix a special substrate yourself. And this consists of Lauberde (60-80%), Perlite (10 -20%), and Spaghnummoos (10-20%). Young plants, in particular, appreciate it very well.
Watering and fertilizing
It is optimal if you water the Aechmea moderately. So, if the surface of the earth is a little dry, just water it again. In addition, you should regularly fill the so-called cistern in the middle of the leaves with water. Because the plant also absorbs liquid from it. A coaster filled with pebbles and water ensures even better moistening. The perfect irrigation water for the lance rosette is rainwater or mild, lime-free water.
When it comes to fertilizing, you can stay calm. The Aechmea doesn’t need much. It is enough if you only add a little cactus fertilizer to the plant every 14 days, and diluted it. Very important: the fertilizer is shaken directly into the cistern and not onto the substrate. If desired, you can add the fertilizer to the spray water.
Extra tip: In winter, the amount of irrigation water is significantly reduced and fertilization is completely eliminated.
Repotting and multiplying
If you want to repot your Aechmea, you don’t need a flower pot that is much too big because it develops relatively small roots. Nevertheless, make sure there is good drainage in the nine pots, for example with pottery shards on the bottom of the pot. Clean the plant roots from the old substrate as much as possible and fill with new ones. Then water moderately. The best time to repot the lance rosette is from April to August.
In addition to sowing, the lance rosette also multiplies through Kindel, that’s what the side shoots are called. And these only form after the splendid bloom has withered. So wait until the Kindel are strong enough and only then separate them from the plant. The mother plant can then land on the compost and the new young plants are planted in small flower pots with a nutrient-poor substrate. After two years, the beautiful bloom will also show up.
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