Sunday, August 16, 2009

Vriesea Splendens – Flaming Sword

It’s been awhile since I included something on houseplants. So, today’s post will include care information about this lovely plant:

This is one of my favourite indoor plants. While it’s sometimes referred to as ‘Flaming Sword’, its botanical name is Vriesea splendens.

Here’s how to care for it indoors:

Vriesea splendens is a stylish, low-maintenance plant that can handle some morning sun but does best when placed away from direct sunlight in a brightly lit spot. Average room temperatures between 15°C (60°F) to 24°C (75°F) are fine and humidity levels of 40 to 60 percent are preferable, but not easily attainable. Increase humidity by adding a humidifier near your plant or by placing it on a pebble tray.

Pot up your plant in a porous soil that drains well, water it when it dries out considerably and then water thoroughly. You can also water this Bromeliad exclusively through its funnel of leaves and eliminate the soil entirely by growing it attached to driftwood. Keep the tank (cup) filled with water, flush it every 1 – 2 months and refill with fresh water.

Convert to hydroculture; this plant is a prime candidate for the system. As an epiphyte, the Vriesea Splendens does not require any type of soil, making it a prime candidate for this alternative growing method. Conversion is very quick and completely painless – for you and the plant.

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