Bromeliad - Portea petropolitana - Portea petropolitana - $12.00
60cm high current size
Mature Height: 40cm
A large and exotic looking plant with a stunning flower spike. It is amazingly adaptable, tough and easy to grow even in cooler climates. This is a great bromeliad that will make a feature of itself wherever it is. The spike can grow to over 2m.
A fauna refuge: create a sanctuary for little frogs in the water-filled well of the Bromeliad. To use as a habitat for frogs, plant in a shady spot around a water feature and remember to keep the vessel of the plant topped up with water.
Likes a well-lit position, not hot sun. Tolerates diffused sunlight. Prefers a fairly humid, but will tolerate a dry atmosphere. Prefers an Orchid potting mix or a porous mixture such as equal parts bark chips, humus, peat moss and sand. During the growing season it is advisable to keep water in the funnel at the centre of the rosette all the time. Keep the soil barely moist - only water when the soil is dry to the touch. If the plant is growing well but does not flower, try wrapping it in a plastic bag with some ripe apples for a few days. The ethylene gas released by the apples should induce flowering. Feed in spring and summer by spraying leaves with a weak fish emulsion or put 2 or 3 drops into the vase each month. Mist often
Indoor pests to watch for indoors include scale and thrips. Yellow leaves may mean either too much direct sun or too cool temperatures.