With its green and almost silver-colored leaves and spectacular flower shape, the tube-shaped bromeliad (aechmea fasciata) still frequently finds its way into our homes. In addition, it is an easy-to-care-for plant, although it is not a long-lasting houseplant.
Aechmea Fasciata is the Pink Plant You Need
But it is easy to become attracted to the exceptional beauty of bromeliads. If you're drawn to this plant and would like to grow one of your own, the aechmea fasciata might be a good plant to start with.
Aechmea is a genus of plants found in the Bromeliaceae family. Aechmea gets its name from a Greek word meaning “spear tip”. Many of these plants have sharp spines along the margins or outer edges of their leaves. The fasciata comes from the aechmea genus that contains 255 different species, originating from Central and South America. Some of them grow in moist rainforests while others prefer more arid regions.
The Flowers of the Bromeliad
Bromeliads come in a great variety of colors, foliage, and growing habits. They are relatively easy to care for and brighten up your space with their long-lasting flowers. The plant is usually sold in flower. This will last for months (3 to 6) before it fades and the plant dies back. The plant will form ‘pups’ or baby plants at its base – when they are around a third of the size of the parent plant, they can be cut away and potted up, forming new plants.
Most Aechmea are well suited to grow both indoors and outdoors. They thrive in light shade or indirect sunlight. Aechmeas can flourish in indoor office spaces. The florescent lighting will typically be enough to satisfy this bromeliad. They can be grown outdoors in climates that have no risk of frost. They are susceptible to few pests and are more unlikely to succumb to insect-related illness or disease than other indoor plants.
The aechmea fasciata likes bright light, like near an east or west window. They need this exposure to bring out the variegation in their foliage and also to flower. They’ll do okay in lower light for a few weeks but if you’re growing one for the long haul, bright is best. Just be sure to keep it out of the direct, hot sun because it’ll burn.
Keep the Soil Moist
The soil of the aechmea fasciata should always remain slightly moist. Since it doesn't use much water, you only have to water it about once a week. A layer of water should remain in its tube, so regularly water the tube itself. Using room temperature water is recommended. Your bromeliad also benefits from regular spraying. It can tolerate low humidity but spraying it will keep your aechmea fasciate beautiful longer.
The Aechmea Fasciata
Aechmea fasciata, more commonly known as the urn plant, is one of the most widely recognized species in the aechmea genus. This bromeliad has thick, broad leaves. They are green in color with a silvery, horizontal banding. The flower spike is composed of bright pink bracts that can display for several months. Small purple flowers appear from the bracts when in bloom. Urn plants will thrive in almost any indoor environment with little attention. They simply need clean water in their tank and bright, indirect light.