Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Long flower stalk with a cluster of pink bracts forms from the center rosette, producing small blue-purple flowers.
Flower Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: Aechmea fasciata has a very shallow root system so a shallow container works best for this plant.
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Aechmea fasciata with Guzmania at base.

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Posted by plantladylin ( Florida - Zone 9b) on Jan 20, 2013 10:18 AM

Native to Brazil, Aechmea fasciata is a common landscape plant in tropical zones 10 and 11, but it's also a favorite house plant for many. Urn Plant has shallow roots and can be grown as an epiphyte or in shallow containers with a well draining potting medium; if the roots remain too moist, rot will occur and the plant will die. This Bromeliad prefers bright light (partial sun to bright shade) and temperatures of 50ºF - 80ºF. The 12 inch to 15 inch leaves of Aechmea faciata form a center rosette where a long lasting flower stalk is produced with clusters of pink bracts and small blue-purple flowers. After flowering the plant will produce 2 or 3 "pups" which can be removed and potted up separately.

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Plant Log from skylark - JC/NYC (Zone 7b)
On July 1, 2016 Bloomed
one out of 2 bloomed, the 2nd declined and produced 2 pups.
On May 9, 2015 Transplanted
into jungle mix
On March 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
2 pups are 15"-16" high. oldest (5th) crown declined, removed the dried leaves.
From June 22, 2014 to October 15, 2014 Bloomed
bloom spike takes 2 weeks to emerge. 2 'pups' both bloomed.
spike looking good for approx 3.5 months
On April 1, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
new pups growing on 'older unbloomed' 2-gen pups: one each
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