Question: How is guzmania ligulata grown?
Hi! They gave me in November the Guzmania lingulata flower, green leaves and orange top, but being the heating period the flower is dead, how should I behave for next year? Now I bought another part red top, and for a month I've been there but there are no signs of any sprouts, how can I make it multiply? Thanks
guzmanias are evergreen plants, belonging to the genus of bromeliads, originating from tropical areas, characterized by a constantly hot and fairly humid climate; they live well even in the apartment, and do not require too much care.
They consist of a compact rosette of rigid leaves, at the center of which develops a high inflorescence consisting of colored bracts, usually red, between which small white flowers bloom.
The life of bromeliads is not very long, as at the end of flowering the plant perishes and dies, often producing small shoots at the base of the mother plant, which develop in some months on the same size as the mother plant; you can leave the small plants in pots, cutting the mother plant when it is dried; or you can detach them and repot them in single containers, of only a couple of centimeters larger than the rosette of leaves.
They are grown in a good, soft and very well drained soil, you can use universal soil, mixed with little sand, to increase drainage; They prefer fairly bright locations, but fear direct sunlight.
Watering is important, but these plants tolerate soil drought quite well, so if you forget to water the plant for a few days in a row, don't worry too much. Usually they are watered abundantly, but it is important to let the soil dry completely between one watering and another; avoid watering when the soil is still wet. This method will lead you to water often in the summer, only sporadically in winter, even when the plant is grown in the apartment.
The key with guzmanias is to keep the air fairly humid; to get the correct environmental humidity you can place the vase in a saucer filled with expanded clay, in which you will keep a couple of centimeters of water; or you can use the coca that forms between the leaves and fill it with water; if you notice that the water remains for several days, replace it periodically with fresh water.
The guzmania is a houseplant among the most appreciated and widespread on the market. It is sold alone or in beautiful compositions which, with its bright colors, gives a touch of exoticism. It is suitable for all lovers of the green because its cultivation is extremely simple and, in our city apartments, it finds acceptable climatic conditions throughout the course of the year.
THE GUZMANIA IN BRIEF
Name, genus, species
Bromeliaceae, gen. Guzmania, more than 100 species
|Type of plant||From apartment with decorative foliage|
|Height||From 20 to 70 cm|
|Foliage color||Green, purple, pink, brown|
|bracts||Red, yellow, orange, purple, pink|
|irrigations||Frequently, freshly moist soil|
|humidity||Alta; necessary sprays|
|Substrate||Light and draining, acid pH|
|fertilizing||Balanced liquid or for a leaf product|
|Resistance to cold||Not rustic (minimum 15 ° C)|
|Exposure||Very bright, no direct light|
|Container||At most d. 20 cm|
|Pests and diseases||Cochineal, red spider mite, aphids|
THE CALENDAR OF GUZMANIA
March or June
|Withdrawal inside||From September to June|
|Composting||Every 15 days|