A very easy to grow bromeliad for a bright spot indoors, for use in terrariums, vivariums or a part shaded conservatory. The green, sometimes red tinged, curved, sword shaped leaves form a vase like rosette creating a little central well which is where the plant collects rain water in it natural rainforest habitat. These little self contained pools not only supply the plant with its necessary food and water requirements but are often home to Dart frogs and their tadpoles.
When re-potting or planting either re-pot into an open compost such as an epiphytic orchid mix or attach to a piece of natural wood covering the sparse roots with sphagnum moss and tying in with nylon line. Water via the central well and mist spray the moss covering the roots regularly. Cold hardiness wise has been a bit hit and miss with this particular bromeliad. Plants trialled by us outside over the past few winters have survived in very sheltered positions such as against a house wall but plants planted in more exposed sites have failed with the first heavy frost.
Sent as a young plant in a 8cm pot.