Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Other: Spines along leaf margin.
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.
Bloom 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


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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) 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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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 8:03 AM

Hurray! I found a flower forming in my 4-year-old plant on 6-12-18. I got it in a trade as a 3-inch pup. It is now a pretty silvery green plant 15 inches high and 18 inches wide . All this time it's been in the same place under my porch where it gets bright light all day. I water it in the center and soil once a week with rain water I collect in a nearby barrel. I'll post a photo of it in flower later when it blooms.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 18, 2018 9:21 PM

My beautiful flower has bloomed for a month but is now on its way down. I got lovely pictures I'll post later. It grows on my south-facing porch, where it gets very bright light all day but no direct sun. At 4 years old it started as a 3 inch pup and is now 18 inches wide and tall. I love the silvery-green shades of the leaves, but watch out for the shark teeth on the edges. I read to watch for tiny pups to form after the flower finishes.

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Posted by DaylilySLP (Dearborn Hts, MI - Zone 6b) on Aug 28, 2018 6:39 PM

I bought this plant a few years ago. It produced 2 pups after blooming.
They have grown up and one is producing a bloom.
Really exciting, as I live in Michigan.
They grow in my Orchid room in the winter and outdoors under a gazebo in the summer.
I will post a pic of the first emerging.

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On July 6, 2018 Bloomed
bloom emerged
skylark On July 1, 2016 Bloomed
one out of 2 bloomed, the 2nd declined and produced 2 pups.
skylark On May 9, 2015 Transplanted
into jungle mix
skylark On March 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
2 pups are 15"-16" high. oldest (5th) crown declined, removed the dried leaves.
skylark 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
skylark On April 1, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
new pups growing on 'older unbloomed' 2-gen pups: one each
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Large Succulent-looking plant with Pink Flower by SleepyWhippet Jul 8, 2018 11:37 AM 4
What else do we grow in 2018 by hawkarica Oct 15, 2018 5:15 AM 1,049
Bromeliad Help! by plantmamma93 Oct 21, 2017 11:56 PM 4
Can some please identify this plant? by craymer41 Apr 11, 2017 9:36 AM 5
What flower is this please? by Lin00 Mar 27, 2017 3:02 PM 2
bromeliads care by Dstahja Feb 20, 2017 1:08 PM 6
A place for pics of new plants. by purpleinopp Dec 9, 2016 4:30 PM 45
Banner for April 24, 2016 by Fleur569 by Fleur569 Apr 24, 2016 6:29 PM 4
Help with Bromeliad Seedlings by Horntoad Oct 17, 2018 4:25 PM 3
Bromeliad, Aechmea fasciata by froggardener Feb 18, 2016 4:18 PM 13

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