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Aechmea calyculata

Vase Plant   Bromelioideae

Vase Plant, Aechmea calyculata

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Aechmea calyculata or Vase Plant, a native of Argentina and Brazil, makes a nice specimen plant. The rosettes of leaves reach 12 inches tall and flowers will last for several months.

Blooming Time: Bright yellow flowers emerge from the center of the vase.

Culture: Aechmea calyculata need partial shade or bright indirect light but can also tolerate shade conditions. We use a soil mix consisting of 3 parts peat moss to 2 parts sand to 1 part loam. The soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. The cup should be keep full of water at all times. Fertilize the soil every 1-2 months or fill the cup with fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. Temperatures should not fall below 50F at night. Although they can tolerate temperatures of 40F for extended periods will result in little or no growth at these temperatures. Bromeliads flower when they reach maturity, but they can be forced to bloom at any time by enclosing the plant (with its cup empty to prevent excessive humidity buildup) in a plastic bag with a ripe apple. The apple gives off ethylene gas, which stimulates flowering in Bromeliads. Leave the plant and apple in the plastic bag for 7-10 days; the plant will flower in 1-2 months.

Propagation: Aechmea calyculata are propagated by the removal of offsets after flowering.