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Silver Vase Plant Aechmea

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Phonetic Spelling
IK-mee-uh
Description

This is a genus of over 255 plants that are desired in interiors for the beautiful, long-lasting (months) inflorescence and the nicely marked foliage. Most are epiphytes and require nearly no water at the base, but its central vase must be kept full and the water replaced periodically. In indoor settings, this plant needs high light, dry soil and medium relative humidity. The plant dies after blooming but offsets will appear at the base after the bloom fades and can be removed to start new plants.

If you would like to try to force the plant to flower place a cut apple near the plant and cover with a plastic bag for a few weeks.  Keep the plant out of direct sunlight.  The ethylene released from the apple should induce flowering.

SPECIES: A. chantinii has white and green banded leaves and an open inflorescence made of bright red bracts and yellow, white or blue flowers. A. fasciata has silver/green bands, rose pink bracts and blue, purple or red flowers. A. orlandiana has dark spines and banding/mottling beneath, red-orange bracts and yellow flowers with white tips. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Problems that occur with most houseplants like mealybug, scale, crown rot and leaf spot.  

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are purple or green and usually banded
  • Leaves are usually toothed
  • Inflorescence is scapose and pyramidal

 

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#showy flowers#houseplant#container plant#epiphytic#winter interest#long-lasting flowers#prickly#leathery#rough#unique#bromeliad#flowering houseplant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#container plant#epiphytic#winter interest#long-lasting flowers#prickly#leathery#rough#unique#bromeliad#flowering houseplant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aechmea
    Family:
    Bromeliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico to Tropical America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Broad
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Small red fruit is rarely formed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    A dense pyramidal-shaped scapose with showy, long-lasting, bracts with small red-purple flowers tucked in.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Prickly
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Basal rosette, forming funnel-like central 'vase', simple, strap-shaped, generally toothed, generally banded with dark and light shades of green or purple.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought