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Bromeliad Evita Vriesea

Bromeliad Evita Vriesea

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group of bromeliads from South and Central America that make great houseplants – not only because they liven things up with their exotic splendor, but also because they are so easy to take care of.

Light: Vrieseas are very adaptable to a wide range of light. They will thrive in shaded areas as well as areas with bright indirect sunlight. Vrieseas are more tolerant of dense shade than other common bromeliads. The more sunlight a Vriesea receives, the more humidity it will need to avoid scorching the leaves. Vriesea foliage will also become more brilliant in color when exposed to more light. Moderate temperatures are preferred by Vrieseas, but they can withstand a range of low and high temperatures from just above freezing to 90F for a short period of time. They will not, however, survive a hard freeze. If you live in an area that is subject to freezing temperatures, do not plant your Vriesea outside. Consider using a container and moving it to a sheltered area once the weather becomes too harsh.

Water: Because of the epiphytic nature of the Vriesea, they are easily susceptible to crown rot. If the potting medium they are planted in remains soggy or moist, the roots will rot and ultimately destroy the plant. It is important to make sure the tank of the Vriesea remains wet, but not the potting medium. It is also necessary to flush the tank with fresh water weekly. This will prevent build up on the leaves and will also prevent insect development and stagnation. Using rainwater or distilled water to fill the tank will prevent a saline build up on the leaves. You can also provide humidity by misting the entire plant with a spray bottle.

Pro Tip: Like other bromeliads, Vrieseas produce only one flower during its life cycle. Once the plant is finished flowering it will produce offspring called pups. These pups are exact replicas of the mother plant and can be removed and repotted once they reach half the size of the original plant.  Because pups are usually top heavy it may be necessary to stake the plant until mature roots have formed to anchor the plant in the potting medium. 

 

Bromeliads are not toxic to cats, dogs or horses.

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