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Bromelia balansae

Heart of flame

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourWhitish purple
  • Leaf ColourGrey

Description

Bromelia balansae (Heart of flame). This evergreen perennial species can reach a height of 1.5m and can spread extensively. The flowering spikes are about 1m tall and are surrounded by glossy red spiny-edged bracts. The purple flowers are borne in late summer. The dull orange-yellow berries can form large clusters but will take almost a year to ripen.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen

Origin

Brazil

Interest and use

Grown for their overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich, Gritty
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

When grown under glass grow them with full light, when grown outdoors grow in gritty humus-rich well-drained soil with full sun.

Propagation

By offsets or seeds keeping seedlings well ventilated to discourage damping off fungus.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for scale insects when young.

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