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Aechmea weilbachii is an attractive bromeliad that has long lasting purple flowers with red bracts from autumn to spring. It has soft shiny leaves, and readily forms clumps. It is relatively slow growing, and is not frost tolerant. It likes a semi shaded position, under trees with dappled shade suits them well, where they will provide colourful blooms.
Aechmeas are epiphytic plants, which naturally grow on trees or logs rather than in soil. They can be grown in the garden or pots if the soil has very good drainage. Orchid compost which has large bark pieces suits them well. The plant forms an urn shape, which holds water as well as nutrients from rotting leaves etc. In dry periods, spray the plant to boost the humidity and to fill the centre of the plant with water.
Propagate by division of the clump. Small offshoots called pups can be separated and grown on.
Flower colour: purple, red
Flowering season: spring autumn winter
Maximum height: 0.7 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Frogs.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.5-7.5
Fungal rot if kept too wet
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.