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Vriesea platynema

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.7m to 1m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourGreen, red-yellow
  • Leaf ColourDull green, striped purple, purple tip

Description

Vriesea platynema. This species is epiphytic bromeliad with dense, funnel rosettes of strap-shaped purple tipped, dull green leaves striped pale purple. In mid summer, there are spike-like racemes of red-yellow bracts and tubular, green flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous or Epiphytic

Origin

Tropical America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.

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Needs

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

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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