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ehmeya / aechmea

Belongs to the bromeliad family. Fatherland Central and South America.

General description : Achmeia is a typical bromeliad plant. She has a well-defined funnel of leathery curved leaves, from the middle of which grows a healthy peduncle, topped with a beautiful inflorescence.

Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:

Aechmea fulgens discolor (Ehmeya sparkling) is an epiphytic plant. Leaves on the underside of purple, length about 70 cm, width about 7 cm. Peduncle has pubescence. Inflorescence is a panicle of purple small flowers. Fruits red berries.

Aechmea caudata (Achmeya tailed) is an epiphytic plant, has a paniculate inflorescence with yellow flowers, which eventually acquire a purple hue. Prisotsvetny leaves are red.

Aechmea fasciata (Ehmeya striped) seems to be an epiphytic plant. Leaves up to 1 m in length have a toothed margin. Leaf paint is gray-green with transverse stripes. The bands consist of small flakes, which the plant collects moisture, so it is impossible to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to avoid damage. It has a capitate inflorescence on densely pubescent peduncle. Pink-red bracts up to 12 cm long hide small blue flowers.

Recommendations for the care of the plant Ehmeya:

Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light. For variegated forms, shading is only in summer afternoon.

Irrigation mode : The socket should be filled with soft, warm water at 3 cm, the water should be changed every 3 weeks, and the ground should always be wet.

Humidity : Loves high humidity, you often need to spray it with warm water from a small atomizer.

Temperature range: Optimum summer 20-25 ° C, 17-18 ° C in winter, at least 16 ° C.

Soil : Recommended soil mixture: 1 share of light sod land, 1 share of peat, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of humus, 1 share of sand. Suitable mash for bromeliyevyh.

During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for bromeliads, or with usual complex fertilizers in half a portion.

Cultivation : Seeds and formed daughter sprouts.

Transplant : Transplanted after flowering, annually. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.

Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stalks are covered with cobwebs), scutes (brown leaves on the leaves and stalks, leaving sticky secretions), aphids (forming sticky secretions on the tops of the shoots, buds), powdery worms (covered with snow-white vatoobrazny fuzz).

With a slight infection, the plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water and warm washing.

In case of severe injury, spraying with an insecticide solution is recommended.

Striped Aechmea - Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea bracteata - Aechmea bracteata

striped echmea - aechmea fasciata

echmeya caudata - aechmea caudata

aechmea bracteata - aechmea bracteata