A Truly stunning plant, and very very easy to look after. A very long lasting Blue and red flower spike with deep green glossy leaves. A real statement plant.
Aechmea Blue Rain is a gorgeous bromeliad which is as spectacular as it is easy to look after.
Aechmea Blue Rain has broad strap-like glossy green leaves and a breathtaking red, pink, white and purple inflorescence up to 40cm in length. At the top are blue and white flowers that contrast against the red stems,
The flower spikes will last for many months and although the mother plant only blooms once, it will continue to produce young offshoots.
It likes to be warm and a humid atmosphere to thrive, don’t let it get below 15c.
In their native habitat the striking flowers attract hummingbirds as pollinators.
Definitely a plant to make a statement with.
Soil: Light soils – it is an air plant therefore getting most of its water from the central well.
Maintenance: A diluted liquid feed every month or so should be applied over the growing season, and an even more dilute mix can be poured into the rosette of leaves during summer – but let this natural well dry out in winter.
A tip to get it to reflower is to let the water dry in the centre of the plant then place it in a plastic bag with a ripe apple for a week or so. The apple gives off ethylene gas which stimulates flowering.
When you have new pups appearing at the side and the parent looks like it is starting to rot. leave it in place, don’t pinch it out.
The pups feed on the rotting carcass of the parent so it is providing a useful purpose even if it doesn’t look that good.
Other Species: 80 species in the genus – they are mainly epiphytic in their natural environment e.g. they grow on another plant for support.
There are more than 500 cultivars of all shapes, sizes and colors.
The genus name (Aechmea) comes from the Greek aichne, meaning spear-like reference to the shape of the flower heads.