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Any idea what this plant is?

  • Any idea what this plant is?

Bought from garden centre last week but has no tag. :)

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    I think it is a Tillandsia cyanea, member of the Bromeliad family and a relative to the pineapple :-)
    You can get a bit info about how to care for it in this American video:
    http://bromeliadlovers.com/432
    Take care,
    Helene

  2. Grower

    Mark Hughes

    Ah that looks exactly like my plant! I'm impressed - is it common? I'll take a loom at the video, however I was told by the lady at the garden centre to water every week or two and to pour it at the base, in the centre where the leaves emerge. It seems to be doing OK so far - two new flowers have emerged since we had it.

    Thanks again Helene - much appreciated!

  3. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Hi again

    You know, it really is difficult to give an exact amount of days or weeks between watering of plants, it is a bit like saying how many minutes you should use to heat up a microwave meal. Every microwave is different and meals come in different sizes – and it also depends if you have thawed it first or not.

    Same with watering plants. It depends on a number of factors like temperature in your house, size of plant, size of pot and how much free soil, sun exposure, proximity to radiators etc. A plant should be watered when it is in need of water, not before and not later :-) You will get an impression by lifting the pot when it is newly watered and feel the weight. Lift it up after a week – still feels heavy? Then it’s probably OK. If it feels much lighter then the water has gone and it’s time to water again. Don’t poke your finger in the soil every week as that will compact the soil over time. Whether the water should be poured or sprayed? I don’t think it matters at all to be honest! For some plants it matters whether you water from above and perhaps get water on their leaves – or water on the saucer. Some plants hate getting their leaves splashed, this one don’t mind. I wouldn’t worry about it, just make sure it is well watered, and let it dry properly before you water it again.

    Bromeliads is a group of plants and there are many different plants within this group. I am afraid yours is a pretty common one, nothing special, but pretty enough and the flowers last for quite a long time. If you want something a bit more unusual I have given you a list on your Bonsai question that isn’t the average run of the mill plants. Here is the list again:

    Dionaea muscipula
    Begonia rex
    Dracaena sanderiana
    Aloë vera
    Aechmea fasciata

    Some of these would have to be ordered online, you can’t just go into B&Q or Homebase and ask for them, but Google and you will get nurseries that sell them.

    Take care,
    Helene

  4. Grower

    Mark Hughes

    Hi Helene, thanks for the watering advice - I was going to water it a little once a week but I'll use your tip of feeling the weight. It seems to be doing well so far, with several new flowers popping out. However, my orchid failures have taught me not to be complacent!

    It's been really great to get your expert advice. This site is such a fantastic resource for novices like me!

  5. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    You’re very welcome Mark, I am not an expert, I do everything by trial and error and by reading online and asking questions myself - just keep on asking questions :-)


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