Friday, May 22, 2009

Favourite Indoor Plant

I’ve been growing houseplants for the past twenty years. And twenty years later, my all-time favourite is still the Aechmea fasciata. There’s just something about this cool-looking, epiphytic bromeliad that keeps it at the top of my ‘favourite houseplants’ list, year after year. Its unique look definitely contributes to this, but it’s also very easy to care for, which scores big points with me.

Care info:

Place the Aechmea fasciata in a southern, eastern or western location; protect it from the hot afternoon sun. Pot it up in a very porous medium that allows for sufficient air circulation and prevents water logging. Water the compost only when it dries out considerably and then water thoroughly. Keep the tank filled with water at all times, flush it every 4 – 8 weeks and refill with fresh water. You may also choose to grow this plant in the hydroculture system to which it is an ideal candidate. Average room temperatures between 15°C (60°F) and 24°C (75°F) are satisfactory but plants may require temperatures of 24°C (75°F) and above to bloom. Add a humidifier nearby to increase humidity levels or place the plant on a pebble tray.

If you haven’t grown this plant yet, give it a try. It won’t disappoint.

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