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Guzmania musaica has some common insect problems:
Mealybugs

Guzmania musaica

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Billbergia musaica
  • Caraguata musaica
  • Tillandsia musaica
Phonetic Spelling
gewz-MAIN-ee-uh mew-zay-IH-kuh
Description

Mosaic vase is an epiphyte native to parts of Central and South America in the Bromeliaceae family.  It has unusual tubular brilliant yellow-green flowers and pink to red bracts in spikes from June to August. The strap-like leaves are in a rosette and are up to 20 inches long.

Mosaic vase prefers a sunny to a half-shady location in well-drained soil made for orchids and bromeliads. It can also be grown on wood as an epiphyte. Water moderately and mist regularly in summer. The rosette should be kept filled with soft water outside the flowering period. Change water every 3 to 4 weeks to keep it from rotting,

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: mealybugs are possible pests

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Guzmania
    Species:
    musaica
    Family:
    Bromeliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Epiphyte
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits split by separating between the septa of adjacent carpels
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Unusual flowers shaped like bundles of candy corn in spikes of brilliant greenish-yellow tubular flowers with pink to red bracts from June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 20-inch leaves are in a basal rosette, overlapping to form a funnel-like central 'vase'. Simple, stiff, strap-shaped, entire. Light green, marked with irregular, horizontal dark green and reddish to brown striations. Offsets may form between the base leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Humidity