ehmeya / aechmea
Refers to the family of bromeliads. Fatherland Central and South America.
General description : Ehmeya is a typical bromeliad plant. She owns a well-defined funnel of leathery curved leaves, from the middle of which a healthy flower spike grows, crowned with a beautiful inflorescence.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Aechmea fulgens discolor (Ehmeya glittering) is an epiphytic plant. Leaves on the lower side of purple, length about 70 cm, width about 7 cm. The inflorescence is a panicle of purple small flowers. Fruits red berries.
Aechmea caudata (Ehmeya caudate) is an epiphytic plant, possesses a paniculate inflorescence with yellow flowers, eventually acquiring a purple hue. Colored leaves are red.
Aechmea fasciata (Ehmeya striped) looks like an epiphytic plant. Leaves up to 1 m long have a dentate margin. The leaf paint is gray-green with transverse bands. The bands consist of small scales, with which the plant collects moisture, so it is impossible to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to avoid damaging them. Has a capitate inflorescence on a densely pubescent peduncle. Pink-red bracts up to 12 cm long hide small blue flowers.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Ehmeya:
Illumination : Needs bright, but diffused light. For variegated forms, shading only in the summer noon.
Irrigation mode : The socket should be filled with soft warm water for 3 cm, water should be changed every 3 weeks, the soil should always be moist.
Humidity : Adores high humidity, often sprinkle with warm water from a shallow atomizer.
Temperature regime : Optimum in summer 20-25 ° C, in winter 17-18 ° C, minimum 16 ° C.
Soil : Recommended soil mixture: 1 share of light turf ground, 1 share of peat, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of humus, 1 share of sand. A hodgepodge for bromeliads will do.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for bromeliads, or with conventional complex fertilizers in half.
Breeding : Seeds and formed daughter shoots.
Transplant : Transplant later flowering, annually. The root system is superficial, so the pot must be wide, but not deep.
Pests : It is affected by scarlet spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs), scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky excretions), aphids (form sticky excretions on shoot tips, buds), mealybugs (covered with snow-white cotton wool).
With a small infection, the plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution and a warm wash.
In case of severe damage, spraying with an insecticide solution is recommended.
ehmeya striped - aechmea fasciata
ehmeya caudate - aechmea caudata
bracteate ehmia - aechmea bracteata