ehmeya / aechmea
Belongs to the bromeliad family. Fatherland Central and South America.
General description : Achmeia is a typical bromeliad plant. It 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 diluted:
Aechmea fulgens discolor (Ehmeya sparkling) is an epiphytic plant. Leaves on the underside of purple, length about 70 cm, width about 7 cm. Peduncle owns the 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 scales, which the plant collects moisture, so it is impossible to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, in order 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, the ground should always be wet.
Humidity : Adores high humidity, you often need to spray it with warm water from a small sprayer.
Temperature : Optimally in the summer of 20-25 ° C, in the winter of 17-18 ° C, minimum of 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 conventional complex fertilizers in half a portion.
Cultivation : Seeds and formed daughter sprouts.
Transplantation : 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, the leaves and stalks are woven over with a spider web); vatoobrazny fuzz).
With a small 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 echmea - aechmea fasciata
Achmea caudata - aechmea caudata
aechmea bracteata - aechmea bracteata