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I've been given a mature bromeliad and am wondering on the best way to care for it.  Do I keep it in the terrarium with the Neps, put it out with the Sarracenia or just keep it on the windowledge with the orchids?

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How about a pic ?

Harro

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Even if you can't post a photo, could you give us a description ?

It could be an urn plant. They are quite large, grey colour, and with slightly serated edges. I can't remember the genus. It is something fasciata

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Just remembered, with the help of Google, Aechmia fasciata.

Easy plants to keep on a north facing window sill. To flower, put an apple on the surface of the pot, put the pot in an opaque white swing bin liner for a month . Bring the pot out and the plant will flower within two weeks. The flowers last a long time but the main plant will die after flowering. It will throw up pups and you just repot them.

I feed mine with Baby Bio when I water it.

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Thanks, this is it.  It just says Bromeliad, and I've noticed that it fills like a pitcher

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It's exactly as I guessed above. It is an urn plant or Aechmia fasciata. It's quite a mature one, ready to flower. I normally let mine flower in August time which seems about right to me. It will not flower by itself, they need ethene from a ripe apple. Do exactly as I said above and the plant is guaranteed to flower. You can leave the bag over the plant for a month to six weeks. Take the bag off and you will notice the flower stem coming up, easy. The flower lasts quite a long time. After this, it will put up pups. Let them get to six inches and repot in a peaty mix. I use pure coir.

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PS The main plant will die after flowering so you will need to break off the pups and repot them.

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That's fab, thanks.  I'll look forward to bringing it into flower later in the year, although it seems a shame that it'll die off.

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Please don`t use tap water. It´s mostly to calcarous. Rainwater is perfect. The urn should be always filled with water.

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Thanks

 

 

 

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ALTHOUGH RAINWATER IS GOOD FOR IT, YOU CAN USE HARD TAPWATER. I HAVE GROWN ONE OVER SEVERAL FLOWERING AND REPOTING CYCLES. lEAVING WATER N THE URN IS FINE BUT I WOULDN'T DO THIS WHEN THE PLANT IS COMING INTO FLOWER.

sorry TO DIAGREE WITH THE ABOVE POSTER.  ALSO, I DO APOLOGISE IF THIS MESSAGE HAS COME OUT IN CAPITALS, I COULDN'T FIND OUT HOW TO STOP IT.

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Thanks, our tap water is very soft 

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