Bromeliad - Portea petropolitana - Portea petropolitana - $18.00
30cm 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. The flower spike can grow to over 2m. Please be aware of the sharp spines and plant accordingly.
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 to part shade position, not hot sun. 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. Feed in spring and summer by spraying leaves with a weak seaweed solution.
Indoor pests to watch for indoors include scale and thrips. Yellow leaves may mean either too much direct sun or too cool temperatures.