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Vriesea Genus

Flaming sword

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Vriesea genus (Flaming sword). These are evergreen rosette-forming, epiphytic perennials which are grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Herbaceous or Epiphytics

Origin

Tropical America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 15C, and will need semi-shade and a rooting medium of equal parts, with humus-rich soil and either sphagnum moss or bark chips used for orchid culture. Use soft water moderately when in growth and sparingly at other times from mid-spring to mid-autumn, keeping rosette centres filled with water.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets or seeds in the spring.

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