Bromeliad - Aechmea Big Orange - Aechmea blanchetiana - $27.00
50cm high current size
Hardiness: Semi to Drought
Mature Height: 100cm
A stunning huge and bright colourful bromeliad, a landscapers favourite feature plant. It produces a large orange bloom that lasts 3-4 months and is one of the few bromeliads to adapt to full sun. Please be careful of the sharp spines and plant accordingly.
Very hardy and beautiful, bromeliads handle life differently than other plants. Most are epiphytic, their roots are little more than supports or hold-fasts. Their leaves do most of the work. The leaves form a tank to collect and hold moisture. These tanks also catch the leaves discarded by the trees towering over them. As the detritus decays, the bromeliad leaves absorb the nutrients. Bromeliads are adapted to making do with few resources and they do it very well.
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.
Very tough plant, handles full sun, dry conditions, and is even salt tolerant. During the growing season it is advisable to keep water in the funnel at the centre of the rosette most of the time. Keep the soil barely moist - only water when the soil is dry to the touch.